No less than 301 athletes were registered for this first day of competitions. A boiling hot atmosphere inside the competition venue tent with the bleachers filled to the top seating a boisterous crowd, the competition started on an excellent note from the very first throw marking an ippon.
“This is judo close to my heart,” says Vladimir Barta, IJF Head Sport Director. “This championship truly embodies ‘Judo for life’. The enthusiasm and the respect these older judokas have for their opponents is contagious