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IJF probably postpone Junior World Championships in North Korea
21 Mar 2017 16:30
The current threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme has reached a "dangerous level". The International Judo Federation realizes that the scheduled Junior World Championships is in jeopardy and is considering postponement of the highlight in junior judo. IJF President Marius Vizer confirmed at his Q&A session this afternoon from his office in Budapest.
"We are in the process of reevaluating this opportunity and probably we will postpone until a more peaceful period #AskVizer”
Even China and the USA are involved at the highest level to address the dangerous situation after President Trump upped the pressure in a Friday Twitter blast accusing Beijing of failing to use its leverage as North Korea's key diplomatic and trade partner.
"North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been 'playing' the United States for years. China has done little to help!" Trump said.
Meanwhile the IJF is considering alternatives. The situation is disappointing for the IJF as Judo, led by Vizer, could become the first sport to hold such a world event to North Korea. Slovenia and Bosnia Herzegovina applied for the organization of the World Junior Championships alongside North Korea. The event is still scheduled for 18-22 October this year.
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