One billion HUF will be injected into the Hungarian judo sport

Friday, April 19, 2013

European Champion judoka Abigél Joó

Hungarian judo gets a big shot in the arm; the Hungarian Judo Federation will receive one billion HUF government funding, which will be invested into purchasing real estate, supporting youth sports, education, and public sports.

The President of the Hungarian Judo Federation László Tóth said after the European Championships in Budapest next week they start renovating several sports facilities, including the “Honvéd”, the “Újpest” and the a “KSI” sport centers and build a brand new judo center in Cegléd.

"The long term plan includes the construction of a new judo sport center in Budapest with six tatamis; the facility can accommodate thousands of spectators. Until 2020, we would like to build similar sports facilities in every counties of the country,” said the the head of the Hungarian Judo Federation.

Minister of State for Human Resources and Sports István Simicskó said the ministry has already received 180 million HUF government fund as a support payment for the Judo European Championships starting next week in the Papp László Sport Arena.

Hungarian Olympic Committee Secretary General Bence Szabó stressed that it is no coincidence that judo has been chosen among the 16 priority sports outlined in the government's program. Hungarian judo receives ten times more funding this year than a year earlier.

Due to the huge media interest in the European Championships in Budapest, this tournament, in terms of visitors, might even surpass the Chelyabinsk European Championships said EJU officials.

"There is a consensus among experts that currently, Europe is the strongest continent in judo sport; last year, European athletes won 29 medals, including seven gold at the London Olympics Games," said EJU officials.

(MTI –


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