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IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
The Grand Slam of Tbilisi turned out in the Covid Grand Slam. Too many athletes had a positive Covid test and some countries completely pulled back their athletes. This period is essential for qualification and next week the Grand Slam of Antalya is scheduled, but not for those infected nor for the French team that is reconsidering the qualification strategy.
The decision of the French federation to repatriate its team from Georgia was perhaps surprising. Indeed, the women and Walide Khyar, who arrived two-three days ago in Tbilisi, were in a different hotel than the men among whom three positive cases for Covid-19 were detected. Which would normally have allowed the French judokats and the 2016 European champion to participate in this competition. However, it was finally decided to bring the team back to Paris. A choice that set a precedent since Germany, which had eighteen athletes entered, decided to do the same after the draw made yesterday. The reason is Identical to that mentioned by the FFJudo: the fear of contamination of its judokas following the international course organized the previous week. Indeed, the latter, organized in rather permissive sanitary conditions, resulted in a cluster since in addition to the three French, three Cuban fighters (including the Olympic champion Idalys Ortiz) and a South African fighter, Mongols, Brazilians, a Greek – also present on the internship – are also positive for Covid-19. And the number of positive cases is likely to increase further in the next two days. A decision of the FFJudo therefore guided by a desire for health prevention, with important deadlines coming up.
In the effort created by world judo (and the international judo federation) to set an example in terms of health requirements, this “Georgian” cluster will have consequences: perhaps on the team’s strategy. male consisting of doing a training course before a Grand Slam, but also no doubt, on the rest of the circuit, with the Grand Slam of Antalya in just one week.
in two weeks a series of continental Championships will start in the various continents.
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