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25 Aug 2017

Vizer extends IJF presidential stint until at least 2021

Marius Vizer will remain as president of the International Judo Federation, the sport's governing body, until at least 2021 after being re-elected unopposed today.

Speaking at the IJF Congress in Budapest, where the World Judo Championships are taking place, Vizer (pictured with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach) said: "It is a great honour for me to serve judo together with our team for the next four years and to promote the values to the world." 

Vizer's new four-year term will encompass the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where judo will move to gender balance in terms of athletes for the first time at a games, with the introduction of a mixed team event.

Vizer, the former president of the European Judo Union, was installed as president of the IJF in September 2007 following the resignation of his predecessor and rival Park Yong-sung of South Korea. 

The Romanian served as president of SportAccord, the umbrella organisation of international sports federations and organisations, between 2013 and 2015, but resigned amid a dramatic loss of support after he launched a scathing attack on the IOC and Bach.

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