The World Judo Federation (IJF) announced on Thursday in an unusual manner that the finals at the Baku Grand Slam will be brought forward to 16:00 and not an hour later, as is customary in every competition. Recently, as reported in Israel Hayom, efforts have been made by the Israeli Judo Association and its chairman, Moshe Ponti, to try to move the start time on Sunday so that Israeli performances do not clash with Yom Kippur, with the IJF choosing to change the start time of the medal battles on all days.
In 2018, the World Championships, also held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, the original date fell on Yom Kippur, which would have prevented the participation of Israel's big weights, when in the end, it was decided to move the entire competition and start it the day after Kippur. Meanwhile, the draw was also held, with perhaps the most piquant situation taking place in the 81kg category, where if former world champion Sagi Muki wins his first fight, he can get Iraqi Tamar Aboud in the third round, if the latter also wins his fight.
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Also on the men's team for Baku are Ariel Shulman, Lior Rafalov, Tal Flicker and Tohar Butbul. Among the women: Tamar Malka, Shira Preliminary, Timna Nelson-Levy, Gili Sharir, Inbal Shemesh, Maya Goshen, Inbar Lanir and Raz Hershko.
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