President Chiulli Awards History Making Gold Medal and attends IJF Gala marking the 55th Anniversary of Judo as an Olympic Sport


President Raffaele Chiulli, SportAccord and GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) was on hand at the World Judo Championships 2019 Tokyo, Japan where he witnessed the historical moment Sagi Muki became Israel’s first male World Champion.

Muki was awarded his medal by President Chiulli during the prestigious World Championships in Tokyo.

On 23 August, two days prior to the start of the 2019 World Judo Championship in Tokyo, the IJF Gala was celebrated. A special celebration indeed, as it marked the 55th anniversary of judo as an Olympic sport which had its debut in 1964 … in Tokyo. Hence, no better place to celebrate this feat. Six decades of Olympic champions were honored at this Gala with a special plate designed by Herend Porcelain.

President Chiulli had the honour being on hand to award the special plate to Yasuhiro Yamashita (JPN) – 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Gold Medalist - The former great is currently the AJF President and recently became President of JOC as well. “I’m really fortunate that I started judo. It’s at times as these I feel that judo is really a way of life. There have been many pioneers and senseis, so I feel it’s my mission to continue to promote judo to give it even more value in today’s society and to have more people involved in judo.”

The full story can be seen on Euronews at following link with more news about IJF Gala here.