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Oceania Open in Perth awards Grand Prix points
2 Nov 2019 01:10
Interesting points are for grab at the Oceania Open this weekend in Perth. International judo comes back to Western Australia and the City of Perth, for the second time, from 3-4 November. Officially it’s the Oceania Open, but there are Grand Prix points available, with 700 points for the winners in Australia.
After last year's successful event, this year's event will definitely reach a higher level as we enter the final straight line leading up to Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The 2019 OJU Open also takes on a special interest, with no Oceania Championships anymore, the OJU Open is now the most important tournament in the region, awarding its winners like in a Grand Prix. Let’s say it’s a compensation for the Oceania Championships this year combined with the Asian Championships.
Speaking about combining, the Oceanian Open facilitates an international training camp led by quadruple Olympian Daniel Kelly and 2008 Beijing Olympic medallist Ketleyn Quadros who recently won the Grand Slam of Brazil.
The event cannot be compared to a Grand Prix level field, but for sure it will attract lots of athletes from the region who can use 700 points for the Olympic qualification. Some athletes from Brazil, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Georgia, Spain, Portugal and Turkey and course from Oceania countries and athletes from the USA and Canada will use this extra opportunity to gain some extra points. The Western Australia State Netball Centre will be centre of Judo this weekend starting on Sunday and the second day on Monday 4 November. On November 2 the Junior and Cadet event takes place, so everyone is warmed up for judo. One week later the Western Australian International Open is held in Perth, so worth while the travel including the training camp.
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