WJD 2022: Inclusion

On World Women's Day, 8th March, the International Judo Federation announced the theme for World Judo Day 2022: Inclusion, Uniting the Judo Family. As every year, the event will take place on 28th October, birthday of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo.

Organised since 2011 (theme: respect), WJD is a moment for gathering around the values conveyed by judo.

The world has never needed unity and solidarity (WJD 2022 theme) so much. As humanity slowly emerges from the pandemic that has affected the entire world for more than two years, despite it not yet being completely eradicated, we must once again face challenges that call into question the potential existence of life on Earth itself. Whether it's deadly conflicts or the climate crisis, the dangers are many and no-one is safe.

Our judo family has proven many times that it has the ability to unite because together we are stronger.

The theme of inclusion has several dimensions. First of all, it calls for the inclusion of women at all levels of judo, from early childhood to adulthood. Our sport is thus based on a concept of non-discrimination and we call on all judoka, all sports associations and all federations to show that women have their place and their rights must be included in judo, whether women are practitioners, leaders, coaches, referees, in any role.

The IJF President, Mr Marius Vizer said, "Like in any other family, our international judo family’s inclusivity produces excellence; a family offering all its members fair chances and opportunities. Our choice of theme for the 2022 World Judo Day honours all women who are the links that bind people, groups or even nations together. Inclusion is vital, especially in humanity’s most difficult moments.

Today our world is facing unprecedented humanitarian crises, with growing numbers of refugees and many other people who are suffering. Our judo philosophy teaches us to stand and support all people in need.” This means that the WJD theme goes one step further, by promoting the inclusion of everyone: internally displaced people, refugees, mentally and physically challenged people, all people.

Article 1 of the IJF statutes is clear about it and stipulates the "Rejection of all forms of discrimination, no matter the reason, in particular related to race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, wealth, birth, or any other situation and the rejection of all forms of physical, professional or sexual harassment and abuse, and of all practices that are detrimental to the physical or mental integrity of a person."

By focusing on inclusion and uniting our sporting family, once again we want to show that there is a path to a fairer, more equitable society where differences are a strength, not a weakness. 

If WJD can be summed up in one single day, it is throughout the year that all clubs, national federations, continental unions and our own organisation work to promote the judo values. Thus, in the months to come, we will continue this work and highlight all the initiatives that promote access to judo for all.

Dont hesitate to communicate with us about your inclusion projects. Tell us how you understand the WJD 2022 theme and how you apply it daily. Tell us what this means to you and send info to press@ijf.org so that we can share your stories and ideas with as many people as possible.

Use the following hashtags on your social media platforms: #WJD #WJD2022 #JudoInclusion #judo and tag the International Judo Federation in your posts.


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Previous themes were SOLIDARITY (2021), STRONGER TOGETHER (2020), PLANT A TREE (2019), FRIENDSHIP (2018), COURAGE (2017), JUDO FOR THE WORLD (2016), UNITY (2015), HONOUR (2014), PERSEVERANCE (2013), JUDO FOR ALL (2012) and RESPECT (2011) for the day which is dedicated to coaches, fans, judoka and everyone with a passion for one of the world’s most widely practiced sports. The World Judo Day takes place on the same date every year as 28 October is the birthday of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo. Today, more than 40 million people practice judo around the world on a daily basis. The IJF has 200 national member federations and 5 continental unions.

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