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JUDO NEWS: RIO 2016 - MEDIA INFORMATION "Useful information for the media during the Judo event"

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are about to start. The day after the opening ceremony, which will be held on Friday August 5th, the first two categories of the judo tournament will be present on the tatami of the Carioca Arena 2. Find hereafter useful information related to the judo event.



6 - 12 August



Carioca Arena 2



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Saturday 6 August 2016

Competition DAY 1

(W: -48 kg, M: -60 kg)

10:00 – 13:00

15:30 – 18:10


Final Block and medal ceremonies

Sunday 7 August 2016

Competition DAY 2

(W: -52 kg, M: -66 kg)

10:00 – 13:00

15:30 – 18:10


Final Block and medal ceremonies

Monday 8 August 2016

Competition DAY 3

(W: -57 kg, M: -73 kg)

10:00 – 13:00

15:30 – 18:10


Final Block and medal ceremonies

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Competition DAY 4

(W: -63 kg, M: -81 kg)

10:00 – 13:00

15:30 – 18:10


Final Block and medal ceremonies

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Competition DAY 5

(W: -70 kg, M: -90 kg)

10:00 – 13:00

15:30 – 18:10


Final Block and medal ceremonies

Thursday 11 August 2016

Competition DAY 6

(W: -78 kg, M: -100 kg)

10:00 – 13:00

15:30 – 18:10


Final Block and medal ceremonies

Friday 12 August 2016

Competition DAY 7

(W: +78 kg, M: +100 kg)

10:00 – 13:00

15:30 – 18:10


Final Block and medal ceremonies



The official draw of the competition will be held on Thursday August 4th. The draw will start at 16:00 at Teatro Bradesco (Village Mall in Barra da Tijuca). It will be followed by a press conference at 17:09 at the same place. Tickets will be needed to attend the draw and press conference. A special line and table will be available for media to get their ticket to enter the room.



All athletes leaving the field of play will pass through the mixed zone.




IJF - International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer will be answering your questions on Twitter onThursday August 4 from midday Brazil time. Use #‎JudoRio2016 to submit your question:http://twitter.com/MariusVizer #‎Judo | #‎MoreThanASport




Whether you are a novice of the 'Gently Way’, commenting and following the judo at the Olympics for the first time or an experienced judoka and/or expert, discover or rediscover the principles, basic rules and the philosophy that allows you to win in judo. Through the voice of the International Judo Federation, Neil Adams, judo is made simple to watch and to understand. Enjoy the Judo!


• Distribution of qualification quota between Direct Qualification / Continental Qualification per country -DOWNLOAD (PDF)

• IJF Olympic qualification list per weight category - DOWNLOAD (PDF)

• IJF Olympic qualification list by country - DOWNLOAD (PDF)

• Invited athletes list - DOWNLOAD (PDF)

• Olympic medalists since 1964 - DOWNLOAD (Excel)

• Judo History: DOWNLOAD (PDF)

• IJF Calendars: 2016 2017




• 136 countries

            114 countries (Africa 25 - Europe 36 - Asia 22 - Oceania 9 - Pan America 22)

            + 20 countries (Universality place)

            + 1 Refugee Olympic Team (2 athletes)

            + Syria (1 athlete)


• 389 competitors

366 athletes qualified (based on World Ranking List and 12 best results): 266 direct qualification and 100 continental quota

+ 20 universality place athletes

+ 2 refugees

+ 1 Syrian


Previous record was established in London 2012: 135 countries and 387 athletes


Olympic qualification period: 2 years prior to the Games

Last qualifying event: World Judo Masters Guadalajara 2016


3 delegations will have a full team in Rio: Japan, France + Brazil

27 countries will have a minimum of 5 athletes qualified


Including Rio, Judo was present 14 times at the Olympic Games (since Tokyo 1964) for the men – 7 times for women (since Barcelona 1992) + Seoul 1988 as a demonstration sport.


47 countries won medal at the Olympic Games since 1964 (1-Japan, 2-France, 3-South Korea, 4-China, 5-Russia/USSR, 6-Cuba).




Seven London 2012 champions fighting to repeat at #JudoRio2016


Sarah Menezes -48kg - BRAZIL

Brazil’s first female Olympic judo champion Sarah Menezes is arguably her country’s strongest gold medal hope on the tatami at Rio 2016. One full cycle on from her London heroics, where Menezes, 26, from Teresina, Piauí in the Northeast region of Brazil, became her country’s third Olympic judo champion, the two-time Junior world champion has won World, Grand Slam and World Judo Masters honours since 2012 and will be one of the top seeds on home soil. Brazil have won more medals in judo than in any other Olympic sport and they will look to their -48kg star to open their campaign with gold on day one on Saturday 6 August.


Matsumoto Kaori -57kg - JAPAN

Olympic and world champion Matsumoto Kaori (JPN) took two years off after winning her first Olympic title and barely missed a step when she returned at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2014 with gold. Matsumoto has actually fared better against international opposition then she has on the domestic scene against her -57kg rivals. The Japanese ace, who is known as ‘The Beast’ in the Japanese media, will only face global rivals in Rio with countries eligible to pick one athlete from their qualified judoka in each category. Ne-waza master Matsumoto will become a judo legend if she can successfully retain her Olympic title.


Kayla Harrison -78kg - USA

America’s first Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison will be the top seed at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Harrison, 26, is one of the most consistent performers of all time in judo, having only missed the podium twice in this Olympic cycle which saw the Boston-based all-American hero win world bronze, Pan American Games gold and two World Judo Masters title among other triumphs on the IJF World Judo Tour. Harrison, who it has been announced will assume organisational and operational control of the USA Judo Championships from 2018, could be gracing the tatami for the final time in Rio de Janeiro and will not settle for anything less than victory.


Idalys Ortiz +78kg - CUBA

Cuban heavyweight Idalys Ortiz will be the top seed on the final day of judo in Brazil on Friday 12 August. Ortiz, 26, became her country’s sixth Olympic judo champion in London and has gone on to win two world titles in the subsequent years followed by bronze last year in Astana. The charismatic Cuban, who has starred in the IJF’s developmental film series in her homeland #JudoForTheWorld, won the invite-only World Judo Masters in May, to secure top seed status for Rio 2016 and will be the favourite in Brazil with opposition anticipated from the hosts, Japan, China and South Korea.


Lasha Shavdatuashvili

London 2012 saw then 20-year-old Lasha Shavdatuashvili crowned the surprise -66kg Olympic champion. The Georgian became one of the youngest Olympic champions in history and his country’s third judo gold medallist. Shavdatuashvili moved up to the -73kg category in 2014 with little success and was at an all-time low just as the Rio 2016 qualification was starting. The fighter from Gori still showed flashes of brilliance despite not being able to put together a run of wins. Shavdatuashvili, now 24, persevered and eventually turned the corner to pick up medals and qualification points in 2015 and pulled ahead of teammate Nugzari Tatalashvili in 2016 and will be a significant threat as he chases his second Olympic gold medal.


Tagir Khaibulaev -100kg - RUSSIA

Tagir Khaibulaev was one of Russia’s three male Olympic judo champions at London 2012 as team manager and IJF Hall of Famer Ezio Gamba led his charges to an incredible medal haul. Khaibulaev, 31, took a year off after London 2012 as part of a media tour and made a low-key return to competition in 2013 by taking a silver medal at the Bueno Aires Pan American Open. The Russian fighter finds himself in one of judo’s strongest categories and he has been overtaken in the rankings and eyes of judo aficionados by younger, hungrier judoka. Khaibulaev won the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix in 2014, finished fifth at the Worlds in the same year, and won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and Jeju Grand Prix in 2015. The Madrid European Open 2016 winner is a long way off his 2012 level and form but on his day Khaibulaev can beat anyone and could even be in medal contention.


Teddy Riner +100kg - FRANCE

Olympic champion and eight-time world champion Teddy Riner has come through this entire cycle undefeated. In fact the French heavyweight is unbeaten since 2010 and is the most dominate male athlete in world sport. Riner, 27, has won all 14 events he has entered since London winning over 150 contests consecutively including three European titles and three world titles as well as the World Judo Masters in 2015. Heavyweight judo’s icon has a repertoire techniques which is as plentiful as his curriculum vitae and he has beaten all of the names he is likely to face in Rio 10 times over but anything can happen in judo and many will hope for a first meeting between Riner and Japanese hope Harasawa Hisayoshi whose three-year unbeaten streak was surprisingly ended at the World Judo Masters in May as he went on to take bronze in the final Olympic qualification event for Rio 2016.



Teddy Riner announced as France’s flagbearer


Olympic champion and eight-time world champion Teddy Riner was announced on Sunday as his country’s flagbearer for the Rio 2016 opening ceremony on Friday 5 August. Riner, 27, will lead France’s 396 athletes into the Maracanã Stadium in front of the eyes of the world on the eve of the start of the judo competition (Saturday 6 August). Heavyweight king Riner becomes the third French judoka to act as flagbearer at opening ceremony of the Olympics as he follows Angelo Parisi (Los Angeles 1984) and David Douillet (Sydney 2000).  


Judoka will also proudly lead the way as flagbearers for Algeria, Ecuador, Georgia and Kosovo respectively as their country’s leading medal hopes. African Championships silver medallist Sonia Asselah will fly the flag for Algeria before Pan American Games winner Lenin Preciado guides the Ecuador team into the Maracana the night before he competes.


European Games winner Avtandili Tchrikishvili will be the first Georgian to step into arena while double world champion Majlind Kelmendi will lead Kosovo out at their first Olympic Games.


Stay tuned to www.ijf.org for all the flagbearer news as it is announced.




Judo is more than a sport. In 2015 and 2016, the IJf produced 7 films to show the impact of judo on people's lives throughout the five continents. In March 2016, on the occasion of the Olympic Games Test Event, the IJF went to Rio de Janeiro and filmed several characters, including World Champion and Brazilian Olympic hope, Rafaela Silva, in their daily life. If you have any question, comment or request concerning those film, don't hesitate to contact us (se contacts below).


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Nicolas Messner - IJF Media Director

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@: mpickering@ijf.org


Gibran Khan - Broadcast and Media Rights

tel: +41 76 628 06 73

@: gibran@ijf.org





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