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Doha is set to host the world top judokas at the IJF Doha Masters 2021 at the ultra-modern Lusail Multipurpose Hall. The event is expecting 400 athletes from 70 countries from all continents as qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Top on the list of stars featuring in Doha is France’s two-time Olympic gold medallist and ten-time world champion Teddy Riner. In his class Inal Tasoev of Russia is the number one seed followed by Guram Tushishvili the 2018 World Champion. Still not all the top athletes will fight in Doha.
Enough athletes on the roster for a juicy event such as Idalys Ortiz of Cuba, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist in the +78kg female category; Ukraine’s Daria Bilodid, the 2019 World champion and the 2019 European gold medallist in the 48kg division as well as Kosovos Distria Krasniqi who is world number one in the iJF Ranking. Qatar also welcomes Belgium’s Matthias Casse, the World No.1 in -81kg and the 2019 European Games gold medallist as well as his rival Sagi Muki, 2019 World Champion. Japan’s Soichi Hashimoto, world No.1 in the U73kg division and four-time World Championships gold medallist. From the Japanese Olympic team we can expect a line up with Funa Tonaki U48kg and men’s heavyweight Hisayoshi Harasawa.
Other stars on the list include Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist and four-time world champion in the -63 kg female category; and Israels Peter Paltchik the current European Champion and world number one.
Qatar LOC director Eid al-Muraikhi said to Gulf Times, “We are delighted to welcome the world to Doha once again. We are extremely proud of being the host of this important tournament which is a qualifying event for the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Games. The tournament is happening in an unusual time occasioned by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Still, Qatar is more than ready to provide the strictest health protocols to the athletes and officials taking part in the prestigious event. The safety of everyone is our topmost priority, and all measures will not be spared, in partnership with the health authorities, to ensure an incident-free tournament.
“We are quite aware that we need to put in a lot of effort to meet the specific needs and expectations of all our stakeholders. We are very pleased to welcome our best judokas and guests in our hospitable city of Doha. Doha has always been a lively and dynamic place to discover and stage high-performance events. We are very grateful to our highest authorities for all their continued backing.”
The Doha Masters precedes the World Championships which Qatar will host in 2023.
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