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Italy bids successful for Junior Worlds in 2021

29 Nov 2019 12:20

 Mark Pickering - IJF and JudoInside    Fijlkam - Emanuele Di Feliciantonio
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The International Judo Federation and the Federazione Italiana Judo Lotta Karate Arti Marziali (FIJLKAM) penned a contract agreement on Friday for Italy’s national judo federation to host the 2021 Junior World Championships in the resort city of Olbia. The previous Junior Worlds were held in Marrakech last October. In 1986 the Junior Worlds were held in the Italian capital Rome.

IJF President Mr. Marius L. Vizer and FIJLKAM President Domenico Falcone signed the contracts on Friday afternoon. The coastal city in northeast Sardinia memorably hosted the 2017 IJF Veteran and Kata World Championships

Italian stars Fabio Basile, Rio 2016 Olympic champion, and Edwige Gwend as well as Alice Bellandi were in attendance along with IJF 10th Dan Franco Cappelletti. 

Discussions also took place regarding a potential Grand Prix in Italy during 2021 and 2022.

Italy will take a team of 11 judoka to the season-ending World Judo Masters from 12-14 December. Italy won four Junior world titles. The last, Alice Bellandi (2018) who turned into senior age yesterday, was also present at signing the contract on Friday.


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