The message reads, in part:
“In the past years, the Judo Veterans Union has enhanced its potential and has done much to promote the ideals and values of this truly unique martial art. It initiated top-level competitions, including your traditional tournament, which has always been known for its impressive competitors and busy programme, attracting the avid attention of fans. I would also underscore a hefty contribution of the NJVU to the implementation of socially significant initiatives, and your sincere care for families of police and army personnel killed in action.
I am confident that the current tournament will be up to the mark, as usual, and will leave lasting memories with both the contestants and spectators.”