Keiko Fukuda, a renowned pioneer in women's Judo, was the highest-ranked female judoka in history, holding the rank of 9th dan from the Kodokan and the United States Judo Federation (USJF), and 10th dan from USA Judo. She is still, so far, the only woman to have been promoted to 10th dan in the art. She was the last surviving student of Kanō Jigorō, founder of Judo.
Marius Vizer was today elected the new President of SportAccord, beating his only rival, Bernard Lapasset. Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation (IJF), polled 52 votes to his rival’s 37 to replace Hein Verbruggen, the controversial Dutchman who had held the post since 2004