World Judo Day 2017

Saturday, the 28 October was one of the most important dates on the judo family as we observed #WorldJudoDay. According to IJF, judo has 28 million practitioners worldwide. All members of the judo family celebrated Judo, which is not only their first-choice sport, but an activity which is known as being a martial art, an education tool and an Olympic and Paralympic sport. What Europe has been up to on this precious day?

Cesar Silva of Portugal celebrated #WorldJudoDay by the following social media post. 

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Winner of the Adu-Dhabi Grand Slam 2017, Edwige Gwend posted the following on social media in celebration of #WorldJudoDay. 

#Worldjudoday from @edwigegwend #Courage #Judomorethansport #italy

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Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist, Sally Conway also left a note online. 

#Worldjudoday #Courage #inspiration #Judomorethansport

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Happy World Judo Day from Croatia.

#Worldjudoday from Croatia. #Courage

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Recently retired, 2016 Rio Olympic Bronze medallist judo ace, Yarden Gerbi, spent this precious day inspiring the next generation.

Greetings from Switzerland by Ciril Grossklaus. 

Group selfie celebration from Portugal posted by Joana Ramos.

HAPPY WORLD JUDO DAY COURAGE #becourageoustostayUNiTED #scpjudo #iguarivarius #lions

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Julia Figueroa Pena, -48kg (ESP): "Happy world judo day. #worldjudoday #judo #memory"

Happy world judo day #worldjudoday #judo #memory

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The Livesey siblings from Great Britain. Thanks Bekky for this awesome photo! Happy World Judo Day! 

#worldjudoday @owenlivesey @amylivesey63

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Toma Nikiforov of Belgium celebrated World Judo Day with a silver medal from the Abu-Dhabi Grand Slam 2017. 

Serbian Judo Federation celebrated World Judo Day in city of Zrenjanin. The Serbian Judo Federation participated in celebration of World Judo Day this year as well. With regard to October 28, celebrated by all judokas and enthusiasts of our Olympic martial art sport, the  Championship of Serbia  for U12 competitors was organized in Zrenjanin.

"October 28 is a big day for judo. We celebrate together the birthday of Jigoro Kano, the man who created modern judo. Today,global judo family has as many as 202 members and more than 20 million active contestants which says enough," said Ivan Todorov, president of Serbian Judo Federation.

With the regard to World Judo Day, all young contestants, participants of the Pioneer Championship of Serbia were presented with their diplomas - World Judo Day. A photo of all of them together was taken as a memory of this year's October 28 - World Judo Day.

Althought this post was not for particularly this day, however it is the perfect way to end the show. Less than 1000 days to go now until #Tokyo2020. Thanks to Juul Franssen of the Netherlands for the reminder. 

1000 dagen tot de #OS2020 in Tokyo Note to myself: ‘Make them count’.

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