The 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships are coming to the West Midlands!
Following an official bidding process and a successful meeting with the Commonwealth Judo Association, British Judo are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships.
The event will be held at the University of Wolverhampton at its Walsall Campus – which is home to British Judo’s Centre of Excellence – a relationship which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
The Championships, from 25 – 29 September 2019, will be delivered in partnership with Walsall Council, and will feature a broad range of categories including juniors, seniors, veterans and visually impaired with over 1,000 athletes expected to travel to the area throughout the competition.
The event will add to the growing list of top-level European and World judo competitions to be hosted in Britain in the 2017-2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle which has already includes the 2017 IBSA European Championships, the 2018 Veteran European Championships and the 2018 European Open.
“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for British judoka to become involved in a top-quality event. Hopefully we’ll put on a fantastic event and leave a legacy for all Home Country judoka to follow” British Judo Chairman Ronnie Saez commented.
“It promises to be a very big event and we take our obligations very seriously. We prepare scrupulously. We have got a good track record in delivering EJU events over the past 3-4 years and we have a very well-trained volunteer work force, which will help us to put on a championship of the required standard”, Saez promised.
Rick Kenney, President of the Commonwealth Judo Association said “This is the first time that the Commonwealth Judo Championships have been held in England since the first Championships took place in 1986 and I am sure that the British Judo Association will deliver a great event that will be enjoyed by athletes and spectators alike.
The British Judo Association has organised a number of high quality international competitions in recent years and we look forward to a wide range of Commonwealth judo nations taking part and enjoying the experience and hospitality of Walsall.”
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been selected as the venue for the Judo Commonwealth Championships. This will be the first time we will host an international sporting competition of this scale on one of our campuses, and this will be an important step forward in the development of Walsall as a sporting destination.
“The University and the British Judo Association share a long track record of collaborative working, particularly since the development of the Centre of Excellence and Dojo facility on our Walsall Campus in 2014. In addition, we’re delighted to be partnering with Walsall Council to deliver the Championships which will also boost the visitor economy.
“We are confident that the Championships will create a memorable experience for our students and staff, as well as athletes from around the world and members of the community, and we look forward to working with our partners at British Judo and Walsall Council to deliver an amazing event.”
Councillor Garry Perry, Walsall Council’s cabinet member for community, leisure and culture said: “Having the Commonwealth Judo Championships here in Walsall is a huge coup, not just for the University of Wolverhampton, but also for the borough of Walsall as well. We look forward to showing visitors from across the commonwealth all that Walsall has to offer.”