1000 judoka gathered at Heroes Square with 88 days to go until judo’s blue ribbon event, the (JudoWorlds2017) 2017 World Judo Championships from 28 August – 3 September
Budapest, June 1, 2017: The International Judo Federation and Hungarian Judo Association held a special media event on Thursday in the 2017 World Judo Championships host city of Budapest in Hungary to promote the sport’s annual seven-day extravaganza.
With 88 days to go until #JudoWorlds2017, 1000 judoka gathered at Heroes Square in the heart of the city to launch 2017 messages from 2017 homing pigeons in a unique event which inspired the teeming crowd on a sun-soaked day in the capital.
Marius Vizer, IJF President, and Dr. László Tóth, Hungarian Judo Association President, were present alongside members of the Hungarian national team including Olympic and world medallsits as well as young beginners and veteran and visually impaired judoka.
The 2017 homing pigeons featured messages written by Hungarian judoka of all ages and they will travel across the country.
“Judo is my life” read one message.
“Good luck and all the best for the World Championships” said another.
“I wish you good luck, I love judo so much” read one message from a young judoka.
Following the special ceremony Marius Vizer, IJF President, addressed the crowd and promoted a special message of peace.
“Judo is More Than A Sport. Judo is a martial art, an Olympic and Paralympic sport and a way of life, but also has the ability to develop societies and send a message of peace to the world.
The values of judo are values for life and by spreading the ideals of Master Jigoro Kano I hope we can we learn to live together with peace and mutual prosperity for all. Today, in all countries and regions, judo spreads a message for peace.” —- IJF