Although many internationally renowned sports such as Pro Football, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey, and Tennis have already established a Hall of Fame, you as a judo fan might have wondered why so many major sports are represented by their Hall of Fame, except for Judo.
As decided during by the Executive Committee of the IJF last year in Munich, until a permanent site for the IJF Hall of Fame is finalized, the "International Judo Federation Hall of Fame" will be located on the IJF Internet Web Site.
The idea behind a 'Hall Of Fame' is to celebrate and commemorate the best sportsman and women of a given sport. The first major one to establish itself was the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York since 1939. Through an annual election process, retired players are selected by a group of established baseball journalists.
This is the principle by which most others have followed, however in Judo, anybody can send a nomination to the IJF and this nomination is reviewed and voted upon by the IJF Hall of Fame Selection Committee composed of the IJF Executive Committee, the IJF Commission Members and the IJF Commissioners.
The history of modern judo spans well over fifty years. In that time it has gone through many manifestations and changes in style (especially with the current economic upheaval that's taking place), but most importantly whatever athlete or country you support it's also produced some exhilarating moments and some magical athletes -- and continues to foster exciting legends for the future.
That's why honoring our heroes, officials and benefactors in the "International Judo Federation Hall of Fame" is so necessary at present through our web site and in the future in a magnificent new building that will become a shrine for fans and an exciting new leisure complex in its own right.
Our hope for a permanent site, celebrating the spirit and enjoyment of the game itself, this complex will be a magnificent, state-of-the-art building featuring a museum, film auditoriums, an interactive entertainment center, a training area, a mini-stadium and, of course, at its heart the actual 'Hall of Fame' itself -- a showcase for the chosen few who can truly be called legends!
That's the "International Judo Federation Hall of Fame". An inspirational new concept and leisure complex for the players and the fans.
It's been far too long in coming -- but now it's become a reality!