Lausanne, June 23, 2016: Following the World Judo Masters, in Guadalajara, Mexico, which ended a few weeks ago and was the last event of the Olympic qualification period, the International Judo Federation has confirmed the official list of athletes who will participate this summer in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
With 136 countries and 389 competitors, Judo establishes a new participation record at the Olympic Games (last record was London 2012 with 135 countries and 387 athletes).
After two years of a breathless race for the Olympic qualification, which saw hundreds of athletes participating in events of the World Judo Tour (World Championships, Masters, Grand Slam, Grand Prix)
and of the qualifying continental competitions, the full list of men and women who finally got a precious place to participate in the blockbuster event was sent to the national federations and National Olympic Committees.
A first group of 366 athletes (266 directly qualified, taking into account 12 of their best results over the last 24 months + 100 athletes qualified on the continental quota based on their best results since the start of the qualification period) representing 114 countries on the 5 continents
(Africa: 25 – Europe: 36 – Asia: 22 – Oceania: 9 – Pan America: 22) qualified for the judo Olympic tournament, while a group of 20 delegations (20 athletes), were granted with ‘Universality places’.
Following the IOC decision to create a ‘Refugee Olympic Team’ (ROT), two judoka, who will be members of the delegation, were added to the list and one more athlete coming from Syria was also included.
The large number and the diversity of the countries represented in this full list demonstrates, once again, the universality of the sport of judo which gives a chance to many nations to be present at the Games, and moreover to step on the podium.
Among the noticeable data, it should be underlined that three nations will be represented by a full team (7 men, 7 women): Japan, France and the host country of the Games, Brazil, while 27 countries will be present in Rio with a minimum of 5 athletes.
All athletes now have the two most important months of their sporting careers ahead of them/Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
To refine their preparation, they still have the opportunity to participate in several events of the international calendar:
Budapest Grand Prix (25-26 June) – Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix (July 1-3) – Tyumen Grand Slam (July 16-17). —- IJF