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Countdown for inaugural Judo Grand Prix Tel Aviv
17 Jan 2019 08:10
The IJF World Judo Tour 2019 will launch in just over a week with a brand new event. The new season will open in Israel with the inaugural Tel Aviv Grand Prix from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 January.
Over 400 judoka from 53 countries will compete at the Shlomo Arena which is expected to be sold out on all three days.
Home star and European champion Sagi Muki will be one of the best supported judoka in Israel’s capital and will be an early favourite for gold.
Among the top athletes will be Tal Flicker, Baruch Shmailov U66kg, Peter Paltchik fighting for gold U100kg and back in the scene Or Sasson +100kg.
In the women’s division strong contenders with Rishony and Minsker U48kg, Primo and Temelkova U52kg. Nelson Levy U57kg and many more talents from the country where judo is the number one individual sport.
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