The Japanese martial art of Judo became an Olympic sport at the 1964 Tokyo Games. Judo is now one of the most popular sports in Israel and throughout the world.
The Israel Judo Championships have been conducted regularly since 1969 for men and since 1976 for women.
Judo is one of the sports in which Israel has earned the most Olympic medals: Israel's first two Olympic medals were awarded to Yael Arad and Oren Smadja in Barcelona 1992, and Arik Ze'evi won an Olympic medal in Athens 2004.
Over the years, and especially in recent years, Israeli judokas have won numerous medals around the world, among them Yarden Gerbi's noteworthy 2013 World Championship gold medal, a first in the history of Israeli judo.
Issue: June 2016
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