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Aug 29, 2017

World Judo Championships kicks off in Budapest watched by PM Orbán and President Putin

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is meeting with world political and sports leaders travelling to Budapest to attend the World Judo Championships, the PM's press chief confirmed

The 31st World Judo Championships kicked off in Budapest on Monday, attended by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President Putin, politicians and sports leaders.

According to the Prime Minister's press chief, PM Orbán will be meeting with world political and sports leaders while they are over for the event.

As we revealed today in a separate item, the prime minister met with President Putin on the sidelines of the tournament yesterday to secure the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant in 2018.

“Budapest is an international sports city, and following the FINA Aquatics World Championships yet another highly ranked sports event is beginning in the Hungarian capital. On the opening day of the event, and on the following days, the Prime Minister will be holding talks with several world leaders and sports directors who are travelling to Hungary to attend the Judo World Championships, including President of the International Judo Federation Marius Vizer, Honorary President of the International Judo Federation and President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, and President of the Mongolian Judo Association and President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga," Bertalan Hevesi, the prime minister's press chief revealed.

The World Judo Championships is the highest recognized tournament in the discipline and the organizers are delighted that Hungary is hosting the championships in Budapest this year.

According to MTI, IJF President Marius Vizer thanked the Hungarian government for its support of the championships, which Hungary is hosting for the first time.

The world championships will last until Sunday, and will feature over 700 competitors from 140 nations.