Almost a year and a half before the opening of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, the new judo competition season will kick off tomorrow (Friday) with the Portugal Grand Prix.
The Israeli team will include 14 athletes, with the men being led by former world champion Sagi Muki (up to 81 kg), who is taking part in the competition to try to regain his confidence on the mat, after a bad period.
Also among the men: Yam Volchek and Ariel Shulman in the weight category up to 60 kg, Amit Bobovitch and Daniel Kaplushnik in the weight category up to 66 kg, Ido Levin and Oron Giner in the weight category up to 73 kg, Yiftah Badash (also 81 kg ) and Lee Kochman in the weight category up to 90 kg.
First in action.
Will you start on the right foot?, Photo: Oren Aharoni
The women will participate: Tamar Malka and Shira Rini (up to 48 kg), Kerem Primo and Adelina Novitsky in the weight category up to 63 kg and Maya Kogan (up to 70 kg).
Next month, the main events will be Grand Slam Paris and Tel Aviv, with the latter still in question due to budget problems, after which a large training camp is also expected to take place in the VIP hall at Bloomfield Stadium, due to a shortage of venues in the center.
The highlight of the year will come in May, with the World Championships in Qatar, which will also include the team competition, in which Israel won the bronze medal last year, when the European Championships, unlike every year, will be held this time in November in Montpellier in the south of France.
The busy year in France will lead to another competition, when in August there will be a test competition, in the hall that will host the Olympic games near the Eiffel Tower.
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