The Olympic Program was also slightly different, with the Open Class having been dropped from the program, although it continued to be contested at the World Championships.
Another addition in 1988 was that women contested a demonstration tournament, with the same seven classes as the men. Women had first competed in World Championships in 1980 and there was support for women’s judo to be added to the Olympic Games. The demonstration tournament convinced the IOC and from 1992 onwards, women have competed in judo at the Olympics as a full medal sport. One athlete who competed in the demonstration was Belgium’s Ingrid Berghmans, often considered the greatest ever female judoka. Between 1980 and 1989, Berghmans won six world titles and 11 medals at the World Championships. She was unfortunate that Olympic judo was never available to her as a medal sport, but in Seoul she easily won the half-heavyweight division.