IJF Extraordinary Congress Approves New Statute

Oct. 22, 2008, 1:05 p.m. (ET)

With 159 countries represented, the IJF Extraordinary Congress took place this Tuesday (21st October) in Bangkok, Thailand. Showing a big sense of Democracy and Fraternity, all credentials were approved by IJF for National Federations to take part in the congress, including countries which arrive in the last minute.

In the Agenda, the most important issue was the discussion of the new IJF Statute. The new document, which started being updated since President Marius Vizer was elected in September 2007, in Rio de Janeiro, had the collaboration of both Continental Federations and National Federations. It was approved unanimously (one abstention) by the IJF Executive Committee during the meeting on Sunday (19th) and the Congress approved it with 134 votes (25 against).

"We are very happy to see that the majority of the countries want the best for judo and voted for it. We had the totality of countries from Asia, Europe and Asia, the majority of countries in Pan-Americana a few from Oceania saying yes to the new statute", says IJF General Secretary, Mr. Hedi Dhouib.

President Marius Vizer also commented on the approval.

"The National Federations didn´t vote for me, for IJF or for anybody else. They vote for what was best for judo. They voted for themselves. The new statute will head judo towards the future", says Mr. Vizer, also pointing out that all National Federations can always submit suggestions to keep on updating the statute if they find anything important to be discussed about.