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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.Tokyo received 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36 in the final round, with Madrid having been eliminated in the first round after losing a tie-breaker with Istanbul.
At World Games, the entire Special Olympics Movement comes together to see our athletes in action and celebrate their victories over huge odds.
Competition will take place on two mats, and will have dedicated live streams for each mat.
The first session will feature preliminary matches in both weight classes, all the way up through the quarterfinals.
Similar events were held in ancient Greece at the Isthmian, Nemean and Pythian Games.
Throughout Europe, local fairs and festivals often included running, jumping and throwing events.
As for women’s judo, it was added to the Games in 1992 in Barcelona.