Olympic champions lead blockbuster Antalya entry

Antalya, April 04, 2019: The IJF World Judo Tour has returned to Turkey and the resort city of Antalya for a blockbuster Grand Prix and the seventh event of the season from Friday to Sunday at the Antalya Spor Salonu.

Following Grand Prix events in Tel Aviv, Marrakech, Tbilisi and Grand Slam in Paris, Düsseldorf and Ekaterinburg, the spotlight will shine on sun-kissed Antalya for the second week of IJF World Judo Tour action in a row following Georgia’s crowd-pleasing Grand Prix in Tbilisi.

The third edition of the Antalya Grand Prix is the final IJF competition before April’s respective continental championships and has attracted an all-star entry to Turkey who have welcomed the world with warmth and their famed hospitality.

“Dear President HUYSUZ, dear judo fans, dear ladies and gentlemen, I’m honoured to welcome you here to Antalya for the Grand Prix.

The IJF President Marius L. VIZER would like to wish his best to the Turkish Judo Federation and all the participants.

We hope to have a good competition and I wish good luck to everyone.”

“Dear distinguished IJF members, dear friends, coaches, referees, welcome to the Antalya Grand Prix 2019.

We are very happy to see you again here in Antalya, the third time for our Grand Prix.

We are happy about this and it’s a big honour for us. I hope that when you go home you have good memories and have had a lot of success here.”

“Thank you for coming to our Grand Prix and we hope to have great moments all weekend and next week we look forward to hosting many of you for the Olympic Training Camp.”

Ahead of conducting the draw, Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sport Director, announced that 485 judoka (297 men and 188 women) will compete this weekend from 75 nations.

Olympic champions Rafaela SILVA (BRA), Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) and Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) are among an all-star cast along with world champion An CHANGRIM (KOR) and three-time world champion and double Olympic medallist Yuri ALVEAR (COL).

IJF, Turkish Ministry of Sports and Turkish Judo Federation sign schools contract on the eve of #JudoAntalya2019

As the Antalya Grand Prix is about to begin, and just minutes before the official draw of the competition, the IJF, the Turkish Judo Federation and the Turkish Ministry of Sports signed a major contract for the inclusion of judo in the programme of 20 schools across the national territory.

It was in the presence of the President of the International Judo Federation, Marius L. Vizer, the President of the Turkish Judo Federation, Sezer Huysuz, and the Minister of Sports, Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu, that the signing ceremony took place under the eyes of young judoka, who will be the first beneficiaries of this programme.

Organised during a sports forum held in Antalya for several days, the event helped to end a long preparatory work initiated between the IJF, the Turkish Judo Federation and the Ministry of Sports. —- IJF

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