World Judo Day in Portugal / IJF.org

A representative of one of the largest judo schools in Portugal, the school of Olympic bronze medalist Nuno Delgado (EJND), once again took part in the World Judo Day celebrations.

Nuno Delgado’s Judo School celebrated WYD 2022, launching the #PadrinhosAdotivos (Hospitality Patrons and Godmothers) campaign and promoting inclusion through judo, to transform lives and create hope . Since its foundation, EJND has adopted several social inclusion projects that have changed views on the physical and mental capacity of everyone, regardless of their situation.

“This year, we have created this initiative, not only for World Judo Day but for the entire 2022 and 2023 seasons, with the aim of giving refugee or national children in economic, social and family difficulty, access to the practice of judo. This makes us the godmothers and godfathers of these children. For this, we also work with social associations”, explained Nuno Delgado.

Anastasiia Rosokhata is the first “goddaughter” of this project. She is a 9-year-old girl who left Ukraine because of the war and arrived in Portugal in June, with her mother and brother. With the support of EJND and the social solidarity association SOUMA, she has already started judo lessons twice a week, with special monitoring, to strengthen her physical and mental condition. “Others will follow, since we have already started receiving calls from parents who want to contribute. For judo and for inclusion, we stand together for a better world,” added Nuno.