The International Judo Federation (IJF) Honourary President was joined by former judoka Mongolian President Kh.Battulga along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The competition took place over four days, with the event forming part of the Eastern Economic Forum, currently being held in the Russian city of Vladivostok. It is well known, that Vladimir Putin is a keen judo fan; his first meeting with Kh.Battulga, after the latter became president, was at a judo competition. The Forum has been billed as an attempt to develop business ties between countries across Asia.
Six teams too part at the event, with the traditional participants Russia, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and China being joined by the Indian youth team. With India participating for the first time, Narendra Modi was named as an honoured guest of the competition.
Medals were won in three different categories, with the overall winners determined by the total points earned. Mongolia emerged as the winners of the women’s under-18 team event, while Japan secured victory in the mixed team competition by beating Russia in the final.
Russia claimed victory in the crucial “gold” competition, which had the highest weighting of the three events held. It ultimately saw Russia share the overall title with Mongolia, with Japan finishing in third place.