Judo is rising in popularity in India, particularly among a surprising niche: blind youths. Recently in Telangana, visually-impaired youths from twenty different states competed for ranks in men’s and women’s judo. The matches were staggered in three categories: Senior, Sub Junior, and Junior. Blind judo gets little support from the Indian states, which makes the high turnout of the event particularly impressive. The young judokas are also competing internationally, notably in the UK where they’ve won seven gold medals. They hope to enter into the 2020 Paralympics.
- Judo is becoming increasingly popular among India’s sight-impaired youths.
- The competition has three different skill categories: Sub-Junior, Junior, and Senior.
- The competition is open to both boys and girls. The youngest girl is only ten.
“450 blind judo players in men’s and women’s groups took part in three categories – Sub Junior, Junior and Senior.”