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Majlinda Kelmendi out of the World Championships!

22 Aug 2015 12:05

   Emir Incegul / Turkish Judo Federation
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Majlinda Kelmendi won’t participate in the World Championships this year, in Astana. The Kosovarian pride suffered a back injury. Kelmendi, who would defend her World title hadn’t fought any matches so far this year and was actually recovering from a knee injury, but that seemed under control.

"Kelmendi is not ready yet for a big event", Kosovo president Agron Kuka explains. "She doesn't want to take the risk losing against someone who is simply less than Majlinda, and she is not fit enough." 

The double world champion was the number one favourite for a long time now but World Number one Andreea Chitu passed Kelmendi this year at the World Ranking. The Romanian is first seeded against Natalia Kuziutina of Russia. Erika Miranda (BRA), Mareen Kraeh (GER), Yingnan Ma (CHN) and Yuki Hashimoto (JPN) are other strong expected candidates for the world title.

This class has a wealth of experience with high seeded Yingnan Ma (CHN-7), French Annabelle Euranie (FRA-8), Joana Ramos (POR-9), and Ilse Heylen (BEL-11 who are all over 30 years old.

Kelmendi, 24 years of age, is the youngest in the top 10.

Kosovo was added today as member of the EJU in the congress of the European Judo Union.

Watch the intensity of matches in previous years.

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  • Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS),  UNITY (IJF) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2014, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
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