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Judo Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Judo at Olympics: Judo is an extreme combat sport. In Japanese, the meaning of "judo" is "the gentle way". The sport judo needs both physical power and mental strength to excel in the field. Judo was founded in Japan in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano. The sport is a successor of jujutsu. Judo is one of the main forms of wrestling contested at international level. The competitors in a judo competition are called "judoka". The judokas acquire various techniques of lifting and throwing the opponent on the ground. The opponent has to be thrown on his back. The organization, which governs the sport at international level, is the International Judo Federation or the IJF.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Nations Participating : 136
  • Number of Athletes : 390
  • Total Events : 4

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Judo Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 6, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -60kg and Women's -48kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 6, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -60kg and Women's - 48kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 7, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -66kg and Women's-52kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 7, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -66kg and Women's - 52kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 8, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -73kg and Women's -57kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 8, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -73kg and Women's - 57kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 9, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -81kg and Women's -63kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 9, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -81kg and Women's - 63kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 10, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -90kg and Women's -70kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 10, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -90kg and Women's - 70kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 11, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -100kg and Women's -78kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 11, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -100kg and Women's -78kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 12, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's +100kg and Women's +78kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 12, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's +100kg and Women's +78kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra

Judo in the Summer Games: Judo was included in the Olympic schedule in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. The sport was dropped from the schedule in the 1968 Games. The sport event reappeared in the program during the 1972 Games. Only men were allowed to participate in the Olympic judo competition till 1988 Summer Games. women's judo was introduced as a demonstration sport in the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. women's event got the status of a full medal sport in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games. Judokas are divided into two groups during a competition. The judo competition is held in a single elimination round. The durations of men's and women's combats are five minutes and four minutes respectively. The events held during the Olympic judo competition are-

  • Heavyweight for men
  • Half-heavyweight for men
  • Middleweight for men
  • Half-middleweight for men
  • Lightweight for men
  • Half-lightweight for men
  • Extra-lightweight for men
  • Heavyweight for women
  • Half-heavyweight for women
  • Middleweight for women
  • Half-middleweight for women
  • Lightweight for women
  • Half-lightweight for women
  • Extra-lightweight for women

Rules of Judo: The International Judo Federation or the IJF is authorized to set rules for judo held at international level. Some of the rules are-

  • The area, where judo competitions are held, is generally bordered with tatami, a type of mat.
  • The size of the competition area is determined by the IJF.
  • The costume used by the judokas is known as "judogi". The participants of the judo competitions are allowed to wear only judogi during the combat.
  • One referee and two judges are generally appointed during a judo combat to supervise the fighting.
  • The duration of the judo combats are predetermined by the IJF.
  • The opponents are given points for their performance during the combat.
  • The techniques used during the judo combat are specified by the IFJ. Any technique other than the specified ones cannot be used during the combat. All the moves made by the contestants have to be approved by the IFJ rulebook.
  • A contestant is warned on the commencement of a minor foul. On committing repetitive fouls or any serious offence, the contestant can be disqualified from the competition.

Medal winners in Judo: Keiko Fukuda, Masahiko Kimura, Gunji Koizumi, Kyuzo Mifune, Tadashiro Nomura, Ryoko Tani, Yasuhiro Yamashita, Hidehiko Yoshida, James Bregman, Ron Tripp, Mike Swain, Philip S. Porter, Jimmy Pedro, Jason Morris, George Harris, Allen Coage, Charlie Palmer, Brian Jacks, Neil Adams, Doug Rogers, Wim Ruska, Anton Geesink, Pawel Nastula, Jacques Legrand, David Douillet, Peter Seisenbacher, Daima Beltran and Estela Rodriguez are some of the famous judokas of the world.

Judo Top Men Medalists

Men Medals
FranceAngelo Parisi1214
JapanTadahiro Nomura3223
FranceDavid Douillet2013

Judo Top Women Medalists

JapanRyoko Tani2215
CubaDriulys Gonzalez1124
DPR KoreaSun Hui Kye1113

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Last updated on: June 14, 2016