The Japanese Prime Minister handed over a Herend Trophy to the winning Japanese judo team at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo.
The Tokyo World Judo Championships ended with the Japanese team’s victory: the mixed home team practically ran through the opponents, only the French team could make their victory a little bit harder in the final.
The Fair Play Trophies of the International Judo Federation (IJF) were handed over for the first time at Nippon Budokan Sports Hall in Tokyo. The first two winners were Sabrina Filzmoser from Austria and Miklós Ungvári from Hungary.
The Fair Play Trophy was founded by IJF President Marius L. Vizer, and will be given every year to athletes, trainers and other important persons and clubs that represent through their work the greatest values of judo. The first two winners have been dominant and highly respected athletes for decades: the 39-year old, two-time European champion Sabrina Filzmoser from Austria and Olympic silver medallist Hungarian judo icon Miklós Ungvári, also celebrating his 39th birthday in October.
The prizes, along with Herend porcelain vases made for this occasion, were handed over at the World Championships by IJF Secretary General Jean-Luc Rougé and IJF Education Director Mohamed Meridja.
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