IOC partner with International Judo Federation to deliver migrant athletes project

The IJF announced rules last month aimed at enabling juniors and younger foreign judoka living in a host country to participate in their host country's National Championships.

The move enables athletes to qualify for IJF or continental junior and age group competitions.

They can be registered by the National Federation of the host country should they meet a series of requirements.

This included proving residency in the host country for at least one year, proof of the integration of their parents and showing they are part of the school or university system.

Proof of integration in a judo club of the host country affiliated to the National Federation is another requirement.

IOC sport director Kit McConnell revealed during the Sport Accord Summit they have since held talks with the IJF over their project.

The IOC have now expressed their intention to build on the initiative in the hope can be rolled out to other International Federations.

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