Marius Vizer has been unanimously elected as IJF President ©IJF

International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer has been unanimously re-elected to his position for a fifth term.

Vizer, who has headed the IJF since 2007, will serve another four-year term after he was elected unopposed at the hybrid IJF Congress in Budapest. 

He expressed his thanks to all members who voted for him after the result was confirmed.

"During all these years it has been a pleasure to work with all of you in peace, with friendship and unity," said Vizer.

"Those are the pillars of stable development.

"It was an honour to work for the development of judo through discipline, respect and loyalty.

"Until now we have improved the judo level so much and have shared its values worldwide and we will continue to achieve great things together.

"Thanks to the outstanding cooperation with the International Olympic Committee, we will have for the first time a team event, including a refugee team, at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer and for the editions to follow in the future.

"All of you can be proud of what we have achieved.

"Together for the next four years, we will do better and we will support the National Federations and continental unions even more.

"I believe that through unity, trust and solidarity we can raise judo to the next level.

"That is what we are going to do, starting from today."

He first took up the position of President in 2007, succeeding South Korea's Yong Sung Park.

The IJF Congress was held in a hybrid format, partially in Budapest ©IJF
The IJF Congress was held in a hybrid format, partially in Budapest ©IJF

The Congress was translated live into six languages, offering English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Hungarian channels.

Huawei provided tablets for all delegates, to enable secure voting online, in conjunction with the Lumi Company’s secure voting system. 

Juan Carlos Barcos and Jan Snijders stepped down as head referee directors and have been succeeded by Daniel Lascau, Ki-Young Jeon and Armen Bagdasarov.

Gérard Benone has also stepped down.

Salima Souakri, Sanda Čorak, Skander Hachicha, Mike Tamura and Erdenetod Khishigbat have all been added to the IJF Executive Committee too.

Among the new appointments, there were three women - improving representation at Board level.