The International Judo Federation (IJF) and the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Signed on 29 September 2014, the agreement reinforces the co-operation between the two organisations at an upper level.
This follows the Memorandum of Understanding that was already signed between the IJF and the Judo Blind Committee of IBSA in June 2014.
The aim of the collaboration is that the two organisations, whilst maintaining their independence, will jointly co-ordinate and continue to work on the development of judo worldwide.
In particular, the agreement aims to build up regular dialogue between the IJF and IBSA, to disseminate judo worldwide, to synchronise and co-ordinate the preparation of athletes, the education of trainers and referees, develop a common communication media appearance and to enable the join organisation of competitions and events.
IBSA has been the only official representative of visually impaired judo since 1981. The IJF, as the sole legal representative of Judo Worldwide, aims to spread judo worldwide in terms of education, promotion, training of professionals, organising annual competitions.
For more information, visit the International Judo Federation website.