JUDO FOR THE BLIND

DISABILITIES CATERED FOR BY SPORT:

Visually Impaired (VI) athletes with varying degrees of sight which fall into three different classifications – B1; B2 and B3 – but all compete together in different weight categories.

HOW DOES THE SPORT WORK :

Like in able-bodied Judo, where the rules are governed by the International Judo Federation, the duration of the competition for both men and women is 4 minutes. In blind judo however, 1 minute before the end of the fight, there is a time signal sounded to indicate for the contestants that there are 60 seconds remaining. VI judokas are required to fight with 2 hands all the times. The IJF rules apply generally to blind judo with a few exceptions.

HISTORIC PARALYMPIC REPRESENTATION:

Judo for the visually impaired has been contested at 8 Paralympic Games. Men and Women have got medal events at the Games. Women’s judo was added to the Paralympic Games program for the first time in 2004.

CONTACT PERSON IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR INTERESTED PERSON:

Rob Jordaan jordaan.rob@gmail.com