The President said, in particular, in his message:
“Russia deserves the honour of hosting this prestigious and influential competition. Our country has always taken great interest in this dynamic and interesting sport and its unique history and philosophy.
Russia is proud of its many talented fighters, Olympic champions and winners of world and European competition events. This championship will of course be another big milestone in the history of judo in Russia and will help to promote martial arts and the values of a healthy and active lifestyle.
I am sure that the competitors will demonstrate their excellent physical and technical prowess in an honest and uncompromising fight, and will give the spectators most vivid and positive impressions.”