Judo is a traditional Japanese sport developed by Jigoro Kano in the 1880s. In Japanese, the word ju-do means the “gentle way“ or “the way of suppleness” referring to the story of the tree branch ‘bending’ under the weight of the snow and not breaking.

Judo made its very first appearance at the Olympic Games in 1964 in Tokyo. However, it was not included in the Olympic programme in 1968 in Mexico City, but returned, never to leave again, at the 1972 Games in Munich. As for women’s judo, it was added to the Games in 1992 in Barcelona after having been a demonstration sport already in 1988 in Seoul.

The goal of judo is simple and consists of scoring an ippon (perfect technique) to put an immediate end to the contest. Ippon can be scored with a throwing technique, an immobilization or a submission.

Judo has a powerful moral code attached to the sport, which includes values such as: courtesy, courage, honesty, honour, modesty, respect, self-control and friendship.

104 Athletes (52 women and 52 men)

Women / Men / 44 kg, 52 kg, 63 kg, 78 kg (women); 55 kg, 66 kg, 81 kg, 100 kg (men); Mixed International Team



The athlete is called a Judoka.


Scoring System: a. Ippon 10 points; b. Waza-ari 1 point; c. Win by Shido 0 points.


The repetitions of technical and tactical faults, which are penalised with shido, are cumulative and a maximum of three faults (shido) can be given. This means that after a third shido the contest will be stopped and the opponent will be declared the winner.

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