On September 18, the World Judo Hall of Fame gala will be held in the city of Baku in the Judo World Championship.
This year Panamerica is present with 3 very important figures in the history of Pan-American judo, they are Ronaldo Veitia, the legendary coach of the Cuban women's team, Jimmy Pedro Olympic medalist in the 73 Kg category and Nicolas Gill Canadian judoka, winner of medals Olympics.
Nicolas Gill (CAN)
The IJF will add the four-time world medalist and Olympic double, Nicolas Gill, to the IJF Hall of Fame. The former coach and current CEO of Judo Canada will be entering the Hall of Fame during the annual congress in Baku.
Nicolas Gill comments: "I did not realize how others perceived me, for me, I had some success, but it was never enough, there will always be this feeling of not achieving everything I wanted, knowing that FIJ thought it was enough to be induced puts things in perspective. "Nicolas Gill is the first and only Canadian among the 29 international members so far.
Jimmy Pedro (USA)
James A. Pedro known as Jimmy Pedro, winner of 2 Olympic medals and 3 world champions, is the first American to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Pedro tells us "I am honored to be the first American to enter the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame that week and have the opportunity to see all my athletes shine on the world stage."
Ronaldo Veitia (CUB)
Among the achievements of the female judo in charge of coach Ronaldo Veitia in the Cuban women's team stand out two team titles in world championships (Shiba 1995 and Cairo 2005); the victories in the Pan American Games from Havana 1991 to Toronto 2015. Under his tutelage, Cuba has several Olympic champions like Driulis Gonzales, Legna Verdecía, Sibelis Veranes and Idalys Ortiz.
"One of the most pleasant surprises after my retirement and I assume it with the commitment to continue on a tatami until the end of my days, training children and young judokas in my beloved Cotorro" commented Professor Ronaldo Veitia
Pedro, Gill and Veitia join Aurelio Miguel (BRA), Héctor Rodríguez (CUB) and Driulis Gonzales as members of the IJF Hall of Fame for Pan-American.