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Israel said set to host World Judo Championships

Judo Association given choice between hosting in 2024 or 2025, newspaper says; event likely to take place in Tel Aviv arena

Israel's Sagi Muki raises his hands as he celebrates after winning in the men's under 81 kg weight category during the European Judo Championship in Tel Aviv, on April 27, 2018. (Roy Alima/Flash90)
Israel's Sagi Muki raises his hands as he celebrates after winning in the men's under 81 kg weight category during the European Judo Championship in Tel Aviv, on April 27, 2018. (Roy Alima/Flash90)

Israel’s Judo Association has been given the choice to host the World Judo Championships in 2024 or 2025, according to a Friday report by the Israel Hayom newspaper.

The country’s Judo association was given the option to accommodate the contest either prior to the 2024 Paris Olympics or in the following year, with all of the winners from the Summer Games.

The offer comes following a number of successful Judo tournaments held in Israel, with the most recent one held last month during the pandemic.

Some 600 athletes from all over the world arrived in Israel to participate in the February contest despite the ongoing virus restrictions at the time. Even so, the event ran smoothly, with no infections reported as a result.

If Israel decides on hosting the contest in 2025, it would serve as the beginning of the athletic journey to the 2028 games in Los Angeles.

View of the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, October 17, 2019. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

According to the report, the competition is expected to be held in the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, regardless of what year is chosen.

Judo is one of Israel’s strongest sports, with Israeli judokas taking home five of the nine Olympic medals won by the country so far.

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