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The Hague will host IJF Grand Prix from 2017-2020

12 Feb 2017 17:00

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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At the Grand Slam of Paris the IJF and the Dutch Judo Association agreed upon the organization of the Grand Prix in the Netherlands. The Hague will be the host of this high level competition with over 400 participants expected from 70 nations. The tournament will be scheduled from 17-19 November and will be held for the next four years at a new Sport Campus in The Hague.

The Hague previously hosted the European Championships in 1996 and Dutch Open in the eighties. In Paris, a press conference was held with Alderman of The Hague Rabin Baldewsingh, Dutch Association President Jos Hell, and IJF President Marius Vizer announcing the cooperation.

Until 2011 the Netherlands was host of an annual Grand Prix and in 2009 the Netherlands was host of the World Championships. Dutch President Jos Hell said: "We’re extremely proud we can again host the world’s top athletes in The Hague and we will make this a big success. A Grand Prix in the Netherlands is a victory for judo, our judoka and judo fans.”

Marius Vizer, IJF President, said: “Good afternoon everyone, it is a pleasure to be here with you this afternoon at our first event of the year. Returning the Grand Prix to the Netherlands will develop the popularity of the Dutch Judo Federation around the world and our sport and it will be a very positive experience for everyone.”

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