Assistance Requested for the IJF Refugee Project

Dear USA Judo Clubs & Coaches,

The International Judo Federation is actively working to help refugee judoka all around the world, in line with the principles and values of our sport. They are already supporting participation in the IJF World Tour for some of them and their goal is to build a refugee team for the World Championships 2019 in Tokyo, as well as possibly the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. Needless to say, this will provide judo an exceptional status and media coverage on the world’s stage

In light of the above, we are kindly asking you to inform us about any refugee judoka you may be aware of and provide us with basic information in order to determine their eligibility for this project. Historically, the United States has offered refuge to more people than all other nations combined, so your participation in this project by providing a list of refugees you are aware of will be instrumental to the IJF in successfully achieving this initiative. To clarify, refugees are people who flee to another country for safety and asylum due to violence or persecution experienced in their home country.

Should you have one or several athletes matching the conditions, please send the following information to Corinne Shigemoto at by FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019, and USA Judo will then compile a list to send to the IJF:

  1. Name
  2. Date and place of birth
  3. Legal status of immigrant and rightful residency
  4. Contact to the athlete and his/her coach/club
  5. Judo history, participation in competitions, results

Thank you in advance for your collaboration and contribution to this project.