The first big challenge for Cuban judo in 2023 will take place on May 7, when four men and four women will represent the island at the world championships in this discipline, which will be held in Qatar. While the current year’s calendar will also include other relevant events such as the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Pan American Games, a universal appointment is emerging, a priorias the highest level and one that will accurately measure the current level of the sport in the Greater Antilles.
The eight Creoles who are already registered, as reflected on the International Judo Federation (IJF) page, are Magdiel Estrada, up to 73 kilograms (kg), Ivan Silva (90 kg), Lister Cardona (100 kg) and current world champion Andy Granda ( +100 kg), which are part of the men’s team. In addition, they will be in the city of Doha Arnaes Odelin (57 kg), Mailin del Toro (63 kg), Idelannys Gomez (70 kg) and Idalis Ortiz, (+78 kg), four women representatives.
So far, the course of the first four months of the year has left positive emotions, especially due to the level shown by the main representatives of the court, some of whom won medals in tribal competitions, such as the Grand Slam in Paris, which she left Del Toro and Silva bronzes, or the Grand Slam in Tel -Aviv, in which the woman from Santiago surpassed even herself and climbed to the second step of the podium.
In April last year, our team had the opportunity to show their qualities on home soil and achieved an important harvest in the Varadero Open, which had a Pan-American category and allowed, in addition to the development of the youngest figures, to observe on the spot The current condition of the athletes is set in front of Doha.
So far, 649 athletes from 98 countries representing five continents have registered on the IJF registration page for the World Championships, of which 338 are men and 311 are women.
Source: Juventud Rebelde