On Friday, October 29th, 2010, in Antalya, the official draw of the Judo World Championship by Team took place (see below for the details).
For the first time, a new format of the competition will be tested on Saturday and Sunday, with teams composed of five athletes, where before it was seven. This will give opportunities for more countries to be qualified at that level. Nevertheless, only 8 men's teams and 8 women's teams will participate to the 2010 edition of the event and that will definitely produce a more dynamic show with the first match giving direct access to the semi final and thus the final block.
The President of the Turkish Judo Federation, Fatih UYSAL, is really happy with the proceedings of the organization. Initially scheduled in Istanbul, the championship was moved to Antalya only last April, but the Organizing Committee did a great job to be able to offer an unbelievable event. Within two days, the competition hall, which was already used last year for the under 23 Judo European Championship, has been transformed according to IJF and TV standards. At 11:00 am on Saturday morning (local time), the first teams will enter the arena with only one objective in mind: to become world champion by team. For an individual sport like judo, a team event represents something different and always increases the passion and the emotion, but in a very respectful atmosphere. This is exactly what the IJF wants to promote with the organization of this important championship. Next year it will be held in Paris in August, on the last day of the Judo World Championship. But the crystal clear objective is to be able to have the team competition enter the official program of the Olympic Games, in Rio 2016. This decision will be taken in 2013, after London 2012.
During the two days of competition here in Antalya, the final block will be broadcasted live. It will also be possible to follow the competition on the IJF home page (http://www.ijf.org
), on the IJF Facebook page and the IJF twitter account (IntJudoFed). Depending on the territories, the competition will be visible on http://220.127.116.11/live/index.php