World Judo Championships kick off in Baku
The 2018 World Judo Championships have opened at National Gymnastics Arena in Baku for the first time, the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza reported.
On the first day of competitions the winners will be defined in the 48 kg weight category among female judokas and 60 kg weight category among male athletes. The Azerbaijani team will be represented by Aisha Gurbanli, Orkhan Safarov and Karamat Huseynov. The three athletes will join the competition from the 1/32 final.
Aisha Gurbanli will engage in combat with Amber Gersjes (Holland), Orkhan Safarov - with Amartuvshin Bayaraa (Mongolia), and Karamat Huseynov - with Joran Schildermans (Belgium).
The first bouts will start at 10.00 am and the struggle for medals will begin at 16.00.
The individual bouts will involve a total of 758 judokas (460 male and 298 female judokas) from 125 countries. 80 countries will be represented in competitions among women and 118 countries among men. The mundial will be concluded with the team contests to be held on September 27.
The World Judo Championships is the highest level of international judo competition, along with the Olympic judo competition. The first edition of the world championships took place in Tokyo, Japan in 1956.
The championships are held once every year, except the years when the Olympics take place.