The IJF Jigoro Kano Gold Medal, which is the highest award of the International Judo Federation, was presented by Mr Vlad Marinescu, IJF Director General, who was representing the IJF President, Mr Marius Vizer.
Mr Marinescu declared, "It is my pleasure today, on behalf of the President of the International Judo Federation, together with the President of the Asian Judo Union, Mr Obaid Al-Anzi, to present the President of the Lebanese Judo Federation with this medal. This medal recognises the countless efforts of President Saade to promote judo in his country, in Asia and in the world. Congratulations!"
Despite the difficulties that Lebanon is facing, judo, under the leadership of its president, has never been so dynamic, organising major events such as the Asia Oceania Cadet & Junior Judo Championships as well as educational activities throughout the territory.