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Judo In The Commonwealth Games

Judo is an optional sport on the Commonwealth Games programme and Glasgow 2014 was only the third time Judo has featured at a Commonwealth Games, following its debut in Auckland 1990 and its second appearance at Manchester 2002.

Judo was created in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano. Derived from the martial arts, judo became an official Olympic sport in 1964. Judos popularity has grown throughout the Commonwealth and is a highly physical sport with a strong ethical code and guiding philosophy. The aim is to score points by throwing the opponent to the ground or by immobilising them with arm locks, holds or strangles.

Judo will make its Commonwealth Youth Games debut at Bahamas 2017.

Commonwealth Games Judo competition is conducted under the rules of the International Judo Federation (IJF)

  • Core / Optional Core
  • Appearances In The Games 3
  • First Games Auckland 1990
  • Most Recent Games Glasgow 2014
Team Scotland’s Judo Medal Count:
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  • Total: 31
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Did You Know?

  • Judo has been Scotland's most successful sport at every Commonwealth Games where it has appeared on the sports programme.

  • Sarah Clark is Scotland's most successful Commonwealth Games judoka and won medals 12 years apart - silver in 2002 and gold in 2014.

  • At Glasgow 2014, sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks won gold medals just one hour apart, with Kimberley taking Team Scotland's first gold of the Games.

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Competition Format

A Judo contest sees two athletes compete on the tatami (mat), one in a white jodogi (judo suit) and the second in a blue judogi. The referee invites both competitors onto the tatami, where they make a standing bow. The referee then calls hajime (begin) to start the contest which lasts five minutes for both mens and womens events. During the contest the referee will stop the contest with the word matte and the clock will stop until he calls hajime to start the contest again.

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