Most governing bodies for sports were created in the late 19th century. They were designed to fulfill multiple roles. Initially, their job was to rationalize rules, at the time most sports had localized rules, which meant that the game varied in different parts of the region and fixtures could not be arranged. Governing bodies were established to create standardizes rules that all participants had to comply to. Governing bodies continue to gain more power in the sport today but. A centralized system allows for the game to be played anywhere around the world.
Governing bodies are now responsible for promoting their respective sports and developing them around the globe. They must also encourage participation in the all age groups. Governing bodies can change and enforce rules; they are in charge of organizing competitions and leagues and developing facilities for the improvement of the sport.
International Judo Federation (IJF)
The International Judo Federation is the largest governing body for Judo right now. All other national federations fall under the IJF. There are continental governing agencies such as the African Judo Union (AJU) which is a branch of the IFJ, and under the African Judo Union, there are national governing bodies, i.e., the Kenya Judo Association. All these branches are set up to help improve Judo around the world in an organized system. The IJF is responsible for distributing funds around the world to the national governing bodies directed at further growth and development of the sport. The IJF is also responsible for handling elite Judo athletes. When an international competition is won, the IJF will pay the winners accordingly.
The IJF is also responsible for creating health and safety regulations that Judo clubs around the world can use and follow. These rules will be created after a careful study of the risk involved with Judo techniques in combat, Dojos and the uniform that Judokas wear.
Recently the IJF increased the number of international Judo competitions around the world to stimulate increase elite competition globally. The IJF, however, is still struggling to commercialize Judo and open up the sport to major sponsorship and television deals. Judo continues to grow as the world's most popular martial art sport. However, there is still a distinct lack of awareness in developing countries concerning Judo, and not much is being done to market Judo in these countries.
Peace And Sport Partners With The International Judo Federation (IJF)
The IJF has recently partnered with Peace and Sport and set up joint programs aimed at development and education in Africa using Judo as a forefront. The first communal operations IJF-Peace and Sport are currently implemented in the Ivory Coast where the IJF is supplying equipment, human resources and coaches to promote peace through Sport. Judo is all about the welfare of the communities around us. The IJF's partnership with Peace and Sport shows the organization is at the forefront of ensuring that Judo principles are implemented outside of the mat.