On the last press-conference at the West-Siberian Innovation Center the Sport Director of the International Judo Federation Armen Bagdasarov shared his opinion about the tournament in Tyumen: “The Tyumen Grand Slam is very important tournament, especially now, when it is 20 days before the Olympic Games in Rio. This tournament has a high level. However, due to Olympics many ranked athletes will miss competitions in Tyumen. Regarding the technical readiness I can tell that the venue is 90% ready, so the competitions will be held on the highest level”.
Besides that explained that In addition, Mr. Bagdasarov explained that despite the relatively small number of competitors, the competitions promise to be interesting.
“Even there are seven judokas per each category, they should understand that no one gives them medals just like that – it is worth fighting for. Even in the smallest group of seven athletes they will have to spend three fights to earn a medal. I want to say that despite the small number of competitors, the final block of the competition will not change. I hope we will see bright and interesting fights”.
When asked about the change of venue for the Grand Slam tournament in the next Olympic cycle Mr. Bagdasarov commented: “Decision about hosting city of the tournament is made by the Russian Judo Federation. Regarding the International Judo Federation, just after the tournament in Tyumen, the expert group is going to Yekaterinburg for a site inspection: we will look through venue, hotels, all infrastructure, will estimate if the city is ready to host such tournament as the Grand Slam.”.
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