In 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the Senior Judo World Championships for the third time in the history of Brazilian Judo. The world's best athletes will be in action in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro in August 2013, to launch the first global event of the cycle of the 2016 Olympic Games.
The global launch event for the promotion of the great Rendezvous took place on Friday 23 of March 2012, at the Guanabara Palace, seat of state of the government of Rio de Janeiro. The ceremony was attended by the President of the International Judo Federation, Marius L. Vizer, the Rio Governor, Sergio Cabral, the President of the Brazilian Judo Confederation, Wanderley Paulo Teixeira, the Senator, Francisco Dornelles, the President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and of the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Olympics, Carlos Nuzman, the Secretary of sports and leisure of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Marcia Lins, and all the Presidents of the Federations of the Brazilian States, as well as Brazilian Stars and children Judoka. The event was widely covered by the press.
The Rio Governor, Sergio Cabral (center) with Mr. Marius Vizer (left) and Paulo Wanderley (right)
"For Rio de Janeiro it is a very good opportunity to organize the Judo World Championships 2013, specifically knowing that we have a Brazilian Judo Confederation, which is very professional, serious and decent. But the most important contribution received from an event of this size is the legacy of education and sport that will benefit to the people of the all region, "observed the Governor, Sergio Cabral.
Leandro Guilheiro and Mayra Aguiar and the whole Brazilian Judo Team
The President of the International Judo Federation, Marius L. Vizer, explained that "The Brazilian people are to be congratulated for being not only a world leader in finance, sport and education as well as the sixth world economy, but also because Brazil is a country where there is freedom and where people care about others, and a country where the most important values are the human values".
Mr. Vizer then added that "Brazil is also a country, which has already had the success to host the greatest events on the planet and which will host the major sports competitions in the upcoming years, among them: the Judo World Championships 2013, the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games. The whole country is capable and is the perfect place to come". As a conclusion, Mr. Vizer underlined that "together we can succeed in the introduction of the first Team Event to be held on the occasion of the 2016 Olympic Games".
Carlos Nuzman and Luciano Correa