The Ambassador of Japan H.E. Masami KINEFUCHI attended the annual international judo tournament “BiH and Nippon” which was held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 10:15 in Sports hall of Hotel Hills – Ilidza.
The International judo tournament “BiH and Nippon” was established 22 years ago with the cooperation of Government of Japan and Judo federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, when in 2001 the Government of Japan donated tatami mats and kimono to the Judo federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ambassador Kinefuchi expressed his satisfaction with the continuous successful organization of the tournament for more than two decades, and wished the best of luck to all participants. Mr. Branislav Crnogorac, president of Judo federation of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina thanked the Government of Japan for the continuous support in the organization of the tournament, and expressed his wish to continue the cooperation in the future as well.
This year, more than 40 clubs and more than 400 competitors competed in categories U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18. Ambassador Kinefuchi presented medals to the best competitors. This tournament is an important tournament for young judoka in the Balkan area, as well as one of the biggest tournaments for B&H judoka under 18 years old.