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Visually Impaired Paralympic Judo 

Judo is governed by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) and follows the International Judo Federation (IJF) rules used at other top-level, able-bodied judo events, with slight modifications for athletes with a visual impairment.
Canada’s National Sport Federation for the sport is Judo Canada.

In December 2021, the final Classification Rules for IBSA Judo were published and officially came into force on 1 January 2022. All judoka will have to be classified under the new system at their first sanctioned competition.


All judo athletes with a visual impairment will compete by weight category and judo sport classes as listed below

Weight categories:
To be confirmed

Sport classification:

J1 – An athlete’s vision impairment must result in a visual acuity of less than or equal to LogMAR 2.6 in binocular vision.

J2 – The athlete’s visual acuity must be within a range between LogMAR 1.3 and 2.5 with binocular vision, or with a binocular visual field of 60 degrees or less in diameter.


Adapting a Judo Practice for the Visually Impaired

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