The Hague Grand Prix is part of the IJF World Tour and is therefore one of the fifteen most important events in the international judo top. The Dutch Judo Federation and the city of The Hague have successfully secured the Grand Prix to the Netherlands for the coming four years. SportVibes supports the Dutch Judo Federation with the organisation and communication of the event.
Dutch Judo Federation
The Dutch Judo Federation is ultimately responsible for the organisation of the annual Grand Prix. The judo union has experience in organising great, international championships. The Dutch Judo Federation has annually organised the IJF Grand Prix in the Netherlands up to and including 2011. The union has also been a World Cup judo host in 2009 and in 1996. It has also organized the Judo European Championship, which took place in The Hague.
“The IJF immediately recognised that the Netherlands, as a distinguished judo country, should have a tournament. The Grand Prix in the Netherlands is a clear victory for the judo sport, our top judokas and judo fans. This Grand Prix shall mean a lot to the top sport; the home advantage is great for our athletes. In addition, the grassroots sport gives a lot of energy, especially in a judo city as The Hague”, according to the Dutch Judo Federation chairman, Felix Thieme.
The Hague city
From football to running and from sailing to beach volleyball… sport lives in The Hague! As sports city by the sea, The Hague would like to continue building a top sports infrastructure to be proud of. Appealing (top) sports events contribute to the sportive reputation of The Hague. By securing at least one great (top) sports event every year to the city, the municipality would like to place the city on the map and thus provide for bonding and inspiration for her residents.
Sport councillor of The Hague, Rabin Baldewsingh, is delighted about the advent of the Grand Prix to The Hague. ‘The city of The Hague invests annually in grassroots and top sport. Judo – in addition to other self-defence sports – is key in The Hague top sport policy. We are expanding our top sport profile, responding to trends we have identified. We would like to have every resident of this city moving by 2030; for this, we see top sport as a source of inspiration. In our new Sports Campus, we receive the judokas and fans, and we can enjoy judo at the highest level for the next four years.’
SportVibes has been appointed by the Dutch Judo Bond Nederland as promotor of The Hague Grand Prix Judo in The Hague. SportVibes is responsible for the online and offline communication media strategy and ticketing. In addition, they give support to getting the business world interested in judo and the event.
Imre van Leeuwen, director events of SportVibes: ‘In our opinion, the Grand Prix should serve as stimulator to give the sport judo an impulse in all areas. By creating an event out of the tournament for a broader interested audience, we can give attention for the sport a boost. That shall begin in The Hague with a show in the top sports hall and many side events for young and old. We would also like to create the Dutch Orange feeling, which makes the event for the Dutch judoka extra special.’
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