Judo Australia has announced that it has officially made a submission, alongside the International Judo Federation, for inclusion in the 2026 Victorian Commonwealth Games.
The Games Host is expecting to add up to five additional sports through the application process, stating that they will prioritise core sports that have been in recent Commonwealth Games which should give Judo a heads up on other potential applicants.
Judo was a core sport at the recent 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Australia walked away with 2 Gold and 8 Bronze in Birmingham, and the sport showed its international popularity, with 16 countries walking away with medals.
It was notably left off at the 2018 Gold Coast Games and has been on the program five times, the first as a demonstration sport back in 1986.
Judo Australia thanked the International Judo Federation, Judo Victoria, Oceania Judo Union, Combat Institute of Australia as well the individual coaches and athletes who have supported them with the application.
Applications were requested by 19 August with the announcement of sports added expected by the end of September.
If you would like to support the application, there is a live petition you can sign via change.org.