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New country record at 2019 Judo World Championships
24 Aug 2019 10:55
The World Championships set a country new record. A colossal 147 countries will take part in the Worlds in Tokyo, more than the 138 countries at the 2007 Worlds in Rio de Janeiro. The 841 active judoka is not a record, but only in Paris in 2011 there were more participants (865).
A massive 92 judoka will take part in the men’s U66kg category while 57 judoka while see action in the women’s U52kg category. In 2011 at the Worlds in Paris 65 women took part U57kg. The 92 athletes never happened in any of the IJF World Tour of World Championships events.
Judo fans will have unprecedented access to the sport’s blue ribbon event with each mat being broadcast live on the IJF website with a commentator for each mat as well as television coverage in over 190 countries.
IJF President Marius L. Vizer said: “It's a great moment to have the draw before I hope becomes one of the best World Championships of all time and one year before the Tokyo 202 Olympic Games. We had a nice gala yesterday and I hope those of you who were there had a good time. We have a huge number of countries and a lot of guests and I want to thank all of you for your contribution towards to the judo development. We have more than 570 media representatives in this World Championships which is a great honour for us and for the international media we welcome you all. “
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