President of the International Judo Federation (IJF) Marius Wieser received a badge of the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan “Talim Homiyisi” (Education Sponsor).

The Minister of Public Education of Uzbekistan Sherzod Shermatov presented the award to Mr. Marius Wieser on 15 January 2020 in Tashkent as part of the the signing ceremony of the protocol of cooperation and the agreement under the Judo in Schools program.

Marius Wieser was awarded the Talim Khomiishi badge for gracious support for the development of sports, in particular, judo, in secondary schools in Uzbekistan.

IJF implements the program “Judo in schools.” The main goal of the program is to teach children aged 5-12 years old social, educational and physical skills through judo.

IJF supports National Judo Federations in implementing the Program at the national level by providing knowledge, structure, materials, advice and finance.

This program is also being implemented in Uzbekistan. Now the program covers 20 schools in various regions of the country. In these schools, sections of judo were created, where about 900 schoolchildren train.

On 15 January 2020, IJF President Marius Weiser, Chairman of Uzbekistan Judo Federation Azizjon Komilov, Minister of Public Education of Uzbekistan (MoPE) Sherzod Shermatov, and Minister of Physical Culture and Sports Dilmurod Nabiev signed a cooperation protocol and an agreement under the program “Judo in Schools”.

This document envisages the inclusion of another 20 schools of Uzbekistan into the program “Judo in schools.” These schools will receive tatami and 50 children’s kimonos from the IJF.

It should be noted that the development of sports in schools is one of the priorities of the five initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan. The implementation of the program “Judo in schools” will attract more children to sports.

As part of the five initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan in 2019, more than 1.1 million children were attracted to sport sections.