Doha, 8 January 2021 - Delegations participating in International Judo Federation (IJF) Doha Masters 2021 have begun arriving in Doha in preparation for the three-day competitions that will kick off Monday at the ultra-modern Lusail Multipurpose Hall.
The 2020 Tokyo Games qualifying event will feature 401 athletes - 215 male and 186 female - from 70 countries representing five continental federations namely the African Judo Union, Judo Union of Asia, and European Judo Union, Oceania Judo Union and Pan-American Judo Confederation.
The event is also part of the World Judo Tour. The tournament will feature competition in seven categories for both men and women.
For the men, participants will contest in the -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories while the women will be in action in the -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg and +78kg categories.
The Qatari national team will participate in the tournament with two players Murad Zamouri and Khalil Rabahi in the -81kg category .
Secretary-General of the Qatar Taekwondo, Judo & Karate Federation (QTJKF) and director of the organizing committee of the tournament Eid Al Muraikhi said, "We are delighted to welcome the world to Doha once again. We are extremely proud of being the host of this important tournament which is a qualifying event for the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Games. The tournament is happening in an unusual time occasioned by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Still, Qatar is more than ready to provide the strictest health protocols to the athletes and officials taking part in the prestigious event. The safety of everyone is our topmost priority, and all measures will not be spared, in partnership with the health authorities, to ensure an incident-free tournament.
"We are quite aware that we need to put in a lot of effort to meet the specific needs and expectations of all our stakeholders. We are very pleased to welcome our best judokas and guests in our hospitable city of Doha. Doha has always been a lively and dynamic place to discover and stage high-performance events. We are very grateful to our highest authorities for all their continued backing."
The Doha Masters precedes the World Championships which Qatar will host in 2023.