Steve Leadbeater wrote:Why ??
Are you asking why did he make the presentation or why the OP finds it bizarre?
Frankly I too find it bizarre.
Seems rather pointless for a Sport governing body to give out awards for achievement in anything other than the sport they govern. Who in Judo gives a toss what Ronaldinho's football achievements are? (Well.... Besides Vizer... )
This smacks of Vizer abusing his position in the IJF to seek out a photo op with his football hero's. I don't find this reflects well on either sport. What could it possibly mean to a football star that a bunch of Judo people think he's good at Football?
Are FIFA officials going to be giving Teddy Riner an award for achievement in Judo? Do they even know who he is?
Frankly I'm not keen on the idea of heads of sports handing out made-up awards to people from other sports in return for what? More of the same? It'll just turn into a circle jerk of mutual but meaningless congratulations. Nothing but a waste of time and resources, meager as it may be.