Uzbek Judo Champions Receive Presidential Honours for Elevating the Sport

Written by Jakhongir Toshpulatov, Jo Crowley on 02 Sep 2023

In a prestigious ceremony held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, judo champions Diyora Keldiyorova and Muzaffarbek Turoboyev were honoured to receive the title of ‘Honoured Athlete of Uzbekistan.’ At the same event, world champion Davlat Bobonov was recognised with a special award, ‘For a Healthy Generation.’ The awards were presented by His Excellency Mr Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, showing his continued support for the promotion and development of judo in the country.

His Excellency Mr Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan with Muzaffarbek Turoboyev at the awards event


The recognition of these athletes serves not only to acknowledge their outstanding achievements but also to underscore the significance of recognising sport and the athletes who dedicate their lives to them. Members of the Uzbek national team winning medals at the highest level are inspiring countless young athletes to pursue excellence in sport.

Davlat Bobonov is also recognised


The government’s commitment to nurturing and propelling the sport is evident through President Mirziyoyev’s direct involvement in recognising and celebrating the achievements of the Uzbek judoka. Such governmental recognition plays a pivotal role in promoting and popularising judo. The IJF recognises the vital role that governments play in shaping the landscape of sports and extending support to athletes who strive for excellence. By acknowledging and celebrating their achievements, nations can create an environment conducive to producing more exceptional athletes and contributing to the global sports arena.


Diyora Keldiyorova with His Excellency Mr Shavkat Mirziyoyev

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