Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,

Dear ID Judoka, Dear parents and families, Dear coaches & trainers,

a very difficult time that we all must face in the last two years, worldwide.

Corona has very rarely allowed us to get together, our beloved sport the Judo, one of the most valuable sports for all people and especially for our people, with mental disabilities.

Here people meet in respect and joy in a very close contact with each other, in confidence in himself and his partner on the mat in visible joy.

The frustration that we all must accept because we cannot fight tournaments is great. For ID judoka, who belong to the vulnerable groups, the risk of contracting COVID 19 is much higher and the risk of falling ill and having to seek hospital care is much higher.

Alienation and, unfortunately, open aggression become palpable during this time of great sporting restrictions.

Of course, there are disputes, uncertainty, and fears in the families, in the clubs and among those responsible. It is important that all those who look after our ID-Judoka and accompany them are vaccinated. Of course, also and in the first place the ID-Judoka themselves.

Many of us know this.

Many are already vaccinated 3 times. Let’s talk to each other, we learn from each other, we are allowed to argue, we are allowed to be wrong.

Let’s protect our ID judoka on the way to the Paralympics and apply the highest level of responsibility and our own good judgment.

But everyone remembers that after the pandemic we will still be able to look each other in the eye and deal with each other in trust and peace.

The worldwide ambassadors of peace in sport, our ID judoka, wonderful people and equally fair, great fighters for peace and joy, in life and on the mat, need all of us.

I am happy to see you all again and to fight together with you for your participation in the Paralympic Games.

In the sense of participation in respect and equality.

In respect for all your great achievements in your life and on the mat.

In this sense, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2022.

Klaus Gdowczok

-The President of IFoN-

Cologne December 24, 2021

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ID-JUDO that´s FIRE & SOUL

Dear All,

Presidents of all Federations in the World

to all sports federations of the world,

to all Heads of Goverment

June 2019

 

 „ID-Judo that´s Fire & Soul“

 

Equal opportunities: the competition classes do not have to be oriented to performance in order to create equal opportunities in the sense of para sports. Here ONLY the degree of disability, based on the INAS classification has to be established and registered!

Performance classification should not be in para sport, as the nations themselves determine the performance class and send ONLY THE BEST OF THE BEST to paralympic events such as EC/WC and Paralympics.

The competition classes in ID judo have to be defined similar to the physically handicapped field of the para sport: this means that an athlete with one arm and no legs cannot fight a blind man who has all his arms and legs. This is a different class!

The same goes for the ID judo field: minor impairments with an IQ grade of 70-75 cannot compete against judoka with an additional Down syndrome. So there should be a total of 3 para competition classes. These para classes have no relation to existing national competition classes, some of which are very well understood as performance classes and where the degree of the disability doesn’t matter in some countries!

There must not be any performance class in para sports! Only the best of the best start here, so “Best of Best from Nation”.

Here also no comparison can be made to the Special Olympics organization. For they clearly and sustainably pursue and organize the grassroots sport only.

The ID judo sport is another class, the world class of intellectually impaired people!

It should be emphasized that there must be NO discrimination in the sense of the UN Disability Rights Charter. That at all para sport events in judo no athletes are allowed to be excluded or para competition classes are omitted because of the disability. For example people with Down syndrome. This must be clear to all those involved in judo. Such a discrimination would inevitably discredit para sport and question all participation in Paralympics for years to come!

ID judo athletes have a great reputation all over the world and, because of their FAIR and CLEAN sportsmanship, are a true example and an honorable and high level ambassador of judo sports.

English scientist Langdon Down, after discovering Down’s syndrome (Trisonomy 21) at the beginning of the 19th century, said: “People with Down syndrome lack any kind of malice”.

This over a century existing scientifically known statement alone clearly describes the FAIR and CLEAN expression of the sport in its ideal form! At the same time, this scientific statement regarding non-malicent acting athletes, especially in judo sport, describes a directive and exemplary sports spirit, to be promoted in its current form, especially in todays sports world, punctuated by doping scandals and corruption, and to be supported in all its purity.

My vision and plea to the judo world, to all judoka of this world, to all Presidents of all federations of this world, to all sports federations of this world, to all heads of government: promote the ID judo in the sense of a better sports world! “ID judo, that’s Fire and Soul”.

„ID-Judo that´s Fire & Soul“.

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CEO – IFoN

Klaus Gdowczok

1st. European Id-Judo Championships London

The first European championships in ID JUDO came to an end.

NO EGO – JUST JUDO

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A historic and great sports festival. For the first time in the history of judo sport, official European were held in ID judo. The European Judo Association, the EJU, IFoN and the INAS supported this event. The EJU was chaired by Vice-President Jane Bridge, IFon by its CEO Klaus Gdowczok.

The official organizer of this European Championship, the BJA under the direction of Kerry Tansey, could hardly present better.

One of the key points and factors: there were no injuries during the entire European Championship! Not a single judoka had to be treated at the edge of the mat.

Referees and sports coordination complemented each other in the usual way.

There was an exzellent Divisioning under Leadership of Dr. Wolfgang Janko (7.DAN), Rudi Verhagen and Frank Schuhknecht.

We thank you all very much for hosting this first European Championship on behalf of our daughters and sons. The judo sport for people with intellectual disabilities has taken another step towards Paralympics.

Thank you so much to Kerry and your team

Klaus Gdowczok

-CEO IFoN-