Greater than 660 athletes from 120 international locations are set to converge on Hungarian capital Budapest for the Worldwide Judo Federation (IJF) World Championships.
A complete of 390 male and 279 feminine judoka are poised to battle it out throughout seven divisions on the László Papp Budapest Sports activities Enviornment from tomorrow till Sunday (June 13).
There can even be a blended staff competitors, with Japan favourites to retain their title though France and Brazil will likely be among the many different nations anticipating to problem for gold.
Japan topped the standings with 16 medals, together with 5 golds, when the World Championships passed off in Japanese capital Tokyo in 2019 and are anticipated to be among the many medals as soon as once more as they appear to crank up preparations for a house Olympics.
Choice for Tokyo 2020 can be anticipated to be determined in Budapest with Canadians Christa Deguchi and Jessica Klimkait set to battle it out to safe their nation’s under-57-kilogram ticket to the Japanese capital.
Clarisse Agbegnenou is in search of a fifth world title within the under-63kg class, whereas fellow Frenchwoman Madeleine Malonga can be seen a transparent favorite to say the under-78kg crown for the second time.
Khasan Khalmurzaev, representing ROC, and Cuba’s Idalys Ortíz will likely be among the many Olympic champions in motion.
Marius Vizer was re-elected as IJF President forward of the event and has excessive hopes for the occasion.
“This World Championships, like no different earlier than, is a evident beacon within the calendar, bringing pleasure and spectacle to judo followers in every single place, with the cream of the judo elite convening solely weeks earlier than the Olympic Video games,” mentioned Vizer.
“As we proceed to drag collectively as a sporting group, main the best way in organising secure, clear and spectacular occasions, this World Championships will provide unrivalled proof that the world isn’t just reopening for sport however can be seeing the re-emergence of a extra recognisable each day life and we’re proud to have performed a major half in that.
“Judo’s values have by no means been extra related and we steadfastly adhere to them as a summer season in Tokyo approaches.”
Hungarian Judo Affiliation President László Tóth added: “We anticipate a glowing occasion earlier than the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Video games and this week will likely be an important occasion for a lot of international locations and judoka.
“The World Championship in Budapest will likely be an incredible celebration for sports activities lover Hungarians, as a result of the most effective athletes of the judo will likely be combating on the tatamis.
“As well as, we may give all our company from overseas a heat welcome and present that humility and devotion are the important thing factors to create essentially the most acceptable circumstances for the World Championship.”
Budapest was the stage for a World Judo Tour leg in October the place the sequence ended its seven-month hiatus attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will likely be no spectators inside the sector for the World Championships as a part of a sequence of coronavirus countermeasures put in place by organisers in a bid to keep away from an outbreak.
Contributors are anticipated to current two damaging COVID-19 polymerase chain response (PCR) check outcomes carried out a most of 5 days earlier than arrival and 48 hours aside.
The occasion venues, together with the official resort and sports activities corridor, will likely be categorised as bubbles which contributors are usually not allowed to depart.
Athletes should take a PCR check instantly upon arrival earlier than present process one other 24 hours earlier than their weigh-in after which additional antigen assessments each three days.
Below the IJF’s COVID-19 guidelines, judoka will likely be anticipated to nice one another with a bow quite than a handshake, put on masks always when not competing, wash arms commonly and heat up with just one companion.
The IJF insists that anybody who doesn’t adhere to coronavirus protocol will likely be faraway from the occasion and topic to disciplinary motion.
Competitors is scheduled to begin tomorrow with the preliminary rounds, repecharge, semi-finals and closing of the ladies’s under-48kg and males’s under-60kg.
Each day, insidethegames will likely be offering in-depth protection that includes a dwell weblog with the most recent outcomes, a full round-up report on the finish of the day, and an image gallery displaying the most effective of the motion.