With the participation of 400 players with 215 players and 185 players representing 70 countries, the competitions of the Masters Judo Championship «Doha 2021» and qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics began yesterday morning at the Lusail multi-use hall, which will last for three days, with the participation of 400 players, including 215 players and 185 players They represent 70 countries, amid precautionary measures to prevent the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, Secretary-General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, Mr. Marius Pfizer, President of the International Judo Federation, and Mr. Khalid bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of the Qatar Taekwondo, Judo and Karate Federation Mr. Eid Al-Muraikhi, Secretary General of the Qatari Federation, Hussein Al-Musallam, Secretary General of the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee and Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia, Obaid Al-Anzi, President of the Asian Judo Federation, Nauman Shaher, President of the Yemeni and Arab Judo Federations, Bakr Al-Abadi, President of the Jordanian Federation for the Game, and Youssef Al-Anzi, President of the Kuwaiti Federation For judo in addition to members of the Qatari Federation for the Game.
First day competitions
The competition on the first day of the tournament was strong and exciting, with competitions held in 5 weights for both sexes, with my weight under 60 kg and under 66 kg for men, and 3 weights for women, which is under 48 kg, under 52 kg, and under 57 kg.
With a weight of under 48 kg for women, the Kosovar player Destria Krasnicki won the gold after winning first place, and Japanese Vona Tunaki won the silver after finishing second, and the bronze and third place went to the two players, the Ukrainian Darya Bilodid, and the Mongolian team of Iranstag.
His Excellency Mr. Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, crowned the first three winners, while Mr. Eid Al Muraikhi, Secretary General of the Qatar Federation, presented certificates to the winners.
As for the women’s under 52 kg weight, French Amandine Bouchard won the gold medal after she ranked first, the Japanese Ai Shishim came in second place and won the silver, while the third place and the bronze medal went to the French Astrid Janato and the Kosovar player Maglinda Kalamandi.
In women’s under 57 kg weight, Japanese Tsukaza Yoshida won the gold, and French Sarah Leonie Cesec won the silver, Kosovan player Nora Jakova and Canadian Jessica Klimkite won the bronze.
Coronation of the winners
In the men’s competitions, South Korean Kim Won-jim won the gold medal in the under 60 kg weight, and Chinese Taipei Young Yong-wai won the silver medal, and Russia’s Barrett Oguzov won the bronze medal, and the Dutch Tornik Takadoya.
The tournament continues tomorrow, with competitions held in 4 weights divided as follows: Men weighing under 73 kg and under 81 kg, and women under 61 kg and under 70 kg.
Qatari national team players, Murad Zamouri and Khalil Rabahi, in the under 81 kilograms weight, will start their tournament today, where Murad Zamouri will face his German counterpart Dominique Drasil in the second group competitions, while Khalil Rabahi will compete with Portuguese player Enri Egyetzi in the third group.
Khalid bin Hamad Al-Attiyah: Our goal is to develop this sport in Qatar
Mr. Khalid bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of the Qatari Federation of Taekwondo, Judo and Karate said, “We are pleased to welcome you to our country. Qatar, to make it an educational tool for our youth, and of course, the 2021 Masters Judo Championship will contribute to our achievement of that goal.
Marius Pfizer: Thanks to the Qatar Olympic Committee
Mr. Marius Pfizer, President of the International Judo Federation, thanked the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Asian Judo Federation, the Qatari Federation of Taekwondo, Judo and Karate and all world champions participating in the 2021 Masters Judo Championship for their keenness and commitment to transform this prestigious event into an exceptional reality.