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Judo Grand Slam - Tokyo 2016
Date : Thursday, December 1, 2016

 JUDO GRAND SLAM TOKYO - 2016

What better place than Tokyo in Japan to conclude a particularly successful Olympic season for judo! After a busy and amazing year of judo, the best athletes will again be present on the tatami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, from December 2-4, for the last IJF event of the 2016 calendar. Judo, Japan and Tokyo, these three words perfectly link together as the next Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in the Japanese capital in 2020. But before that, judo will regularly return to its homeland as, in addition to the annual Grand Slam, the All Japan Judo Federation will also organise the World Championships in 2019 in the mythical venue of the Budokan which in 1964 hosted for the first time judo at the Olympic Games.

Mr. Naser Al Tamimi, General Treasurer of the International Judo Federation welcomed the delegates of the 41 nations present in Tokyo: “Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, in the name of the International Judo Federation, I am glad to be in the land of judo. I wish to all of you and to the organisers a successful event. I want to thank to All Japan Judo Federation and everyone who is involved in the organisation of this Grand Slam.“

Mr. Yamashita Yasuhiro, Vice-President of the AJJF and IJF Executive Committee Member, said: “I want to address you the warmest welcome to Tokyo. It is an honour to host the Tokyo Grand Slam again and I want to thank everyone who made it possible. Following the fantastic success of judo in Rio, we are ready to organise this event as well as the 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I wish good luck to all participants.“

The period immediately following the Olympic Games is always a period of transition between a cycle that ends, which saw the crowning of 14 new Olympic Champions, and a new one that begins. In between the athletes, who are still in the recovery phase, those who want to position themselves in the best way possible for years to come, between the young talents who want to be among the favourites in four years from now and the reigning Olympic Champions who are making their comeback on the international stage, this 2016 Grand Slam of Tokyo promises to be very exciting. As a symbol, while all eyes are now turned towards Tokyo 2020 and as international judo is present in Tokyo for this final event of 2016, which will be the fireworks of the previous Olympic cycle, all judoka want to show that one must count on them in the near future. It is not impossible that some of the medallists of the Tokyo Grand Slam 2016, will again write their names in Golden letters within four years.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Location: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium


Friday: 2nd December 2016

10:30 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg
Men: -60kg, -66kg

Saturday: 3rd December 2016

10:30 Preliminaries on three mats
15:30 Opening ceremony 
16:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg

Sunday: 4th December 2016

10:30 Preliminaries on three mats
16:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg



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