Judo Educational Journey Through China - Part 2 Back
May 18, 2014
The delegation in Wenzhou, which translates to a mild and pleasant land, is comprised of Mr. Mohamed Meridja, IJF Education and Coaching Director, and Mr. Nicolas Messner, IJF Media and Head Judo for Peace Director, and the Chinese Judo Association (CJA) are represented by Olympic Champion (Beijing 2008), Yang Xiuli, by Meng Bo who is in charge of the International Affairs of the CJA, and by specialists of the Kata, and judo leaders and teachers.
The journey is organised by the IJF and the Chinese Judo Association with the support and help of the National Olympic Committee and of the IOC.
This edition of the journey started in Beijing as the first edition ended in the capital city of China and was officially launched by vice-President and the Secretary General and the CJA.
So far 10 judo sessions have been held including judo clinics with children, young competitors, professional athletes, parents and educational leaders, photo shooting and judo demonstrations in emblematic places and conferences on the judo values.
The Journey has focused on education and on the philosophical dimension of judo. The main message addressed to the participants is: Judo is fun, Judo is simple, Judo is a way of life and it offers skills for life to the young generation. The Journey’s aim is also to give the opportunity to the Chinese population to discover judo and its values. It gives tools to the federation for its own development.
Judo has become one of the most talked about and prominent sports during the tour which also focuses on the promotion of the upcoming Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in August in the city of Nanjing (last stop of the Journey).
Approximately 1,800 people took part in the different activities without taking into account the large public who discover judo in the touristic places.
After Beijing, the delegation stopped in Guangzhou, the capital and largest city of Guangdong province, which is 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau.
Before arriving in Wenzhou, the Journey stopped in Changsha on the lower reaches of Xiang River, a branch of the Yangtze River.
The feedback from the participants and the public is extremely positive and the media coverage by CCTV, the national TV channel, and by all the local media is outstanding.
The idea of the tour was born two years ago and received a strong support by the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer and by the Chinese Judo Association as well as by all the local authorities of the provinces and cities that are visited.
Chinese Judo has already shown its capabilities to win medals at the very high level. Today, The Federation has entered a new era of development, which will largely increase the number of judo players in the country, the main focus being the development of the educational values of our sport.
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