Countdown to the Games
19-24 June 2022


There are always 2 athletes who compete against each other.

The athletes are called judoka.

The aim is to throw the opponent on the back.

There are 3 categories in Special Olympics:

  • height
  • weight
  • abilities

Athletes are divided according to these 3 categories.

Only athletes compete against each other,

  • who are about the same height.
  • who are about the same weight.
  • who have similar abilities.
On the photo, there are two athletes during a Judo competition.
1  of  4
The photo shows a Judo competition, in which two athletes are circleing around each other.
2  of  4
The photo shows an action scene during a judo competition. In the background is the referee.
3  of  4
The photo shows a judo athlete lying in the arms of her friend and crying with joy.
4  of  4
1  of  4

Unified Sports®

In Unified Sports®, people with ID and

people without disabilities play sport together.

They also compete together.

The people with ID are called athletes.

The people without disabilities are called partners.


Is judo a Unified Sport?


There are teams of people with ID.

And there are teams of people with ID and people without disabilities.


How many people do judo at the National Games?

139 athletes and 8 partners.

Messe Berlin

Judo takes place at Messe Berlin in Hall 5.2a.

Do you want more information?

Click on: learn more.

The page is not in Easy English.