In contrast to previous years in which seven Grand Slam judo competitions were held, in 2021 only two will be held.
Plachik and Flickr with the medals from the European Championships, last night
While the Olympic Committee does not reward its athletes for their achievements in the international arena and cuts to those who do not earn enough anyway, in the parallel world, the Judo Association does things their way.
Moshe Ponti and Sylvan Adams took another step yesterday on the road to conquering Israeli Olympic sports.
For the first time in history, Israel will host a Grand Slam competition in judo, which is the equivalent of a Grand Slam in world tennis in terms of score and prestige.
It should be noted, however, that the European Championships and the World Championships are still more prestigious and give a higher score.
One thing is certain: Israel will not host another Grand Prix as it has done so far, and has taken a significant step forward.
At an event held yesterday at the Velodrome named after him in Hadar Yosef, Adams said that the next goal is to also host a world championship in Israel.
He did not hide his and his chairman's common goals: "Israelis are winners," he said, "We win in many arenas, so why not win in sports as well?
Because we do not have enough infrastructure.
I declare that we will win nine medals in one Olympics.
We need to work together - and we will do it. "
"We have had big dreams in the industry, and we continue to make them come true," Ponty said.
Next year, unlike a regular year where seven Grand Slam tournaments are held, there will be only two.
One of them, as mentioned, will be held in Israel.
And how will the corona affect?
According to the outline, there is a chance that a third of the hall's contents will be allowed to enter the competitions, and then the judo association expects to transfer the hospitality to Eliyahu and make adjustments.
The competition will open on February 18 and last for three days.