In Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, India earned its first ever medal at the IBSA Judo Grand Prix. The Indian Blind and Para Judo Association’s Judoka Kapil Parmar deserves heartfelt praising for bringing medals to the country. It’s worth noting that 18 of the 21 countries that competed won medals. Several countries, including Iraq, Switzerland, and India, earned their first medals in the IBSA Grand Prix as a result of these.
Nur-Sultan is already a universal personality. This Kazakh city hosted the IBSA Grand Prix, and it was here that we saw this universality between countries come to life, as well as the challenge of earning any medal.
- Following the Tokyo Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee decided to develop a new division for blind and visually impaired judokas, which is why they formed the J1 and J2 divisions, who will compete independently.
- New weight categories and medal events to go along with these new divisions.
- It will have 16 medal events in Paris, and we expect the bouts to be even more fair than they were previously.
- Finally, men and women are on an equal footing, with the same number of weight divisions for both.
- Seven countries earned gold medals on the first day, with eight categories on the programme. Turkey was the only team to win twice.
After two days of thrilling competition in Nur-Sultan, the 2022 IBSA Judo Grand Prix Kazakhstan came to a close. More than a hundred judokas from 21 countries competed for gold, and Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Romania, Japan, Brazil, and Kazakhstan all ascended to the top of the podiums on the opening day.
Results of both classes, J1 and J2 categories according to their weight are:
J1 (60kg): Seyed Abadi (IRI), Abdurrahim Ozalp (TUR), Elielton Oliveira (BRA)
J1 (73kg): Florin Bologa (ROU), Yergai Shamey (KAZ), Harlley Arruda (BRA)
J1 (90kg): Arthur Silva (BRA), Valerio Teodori (ITA), Taha Al-Gburi (IRQ)
J1 (+90kg): Wilians Araújo (BRA), Jason Grandry (FRA), Ion Basoc (MDA)
J2 (60kg): Sherzod Namozov (UZB), Thiego Marques (BRA), Min Jae Lee (KOR)
J2 (73kg): Yujiro Seto (JPN), Olzhas Orazalyuly (KAZ), Nikolai Kornhass (GER)
J2 (90kg): Helios Latchoumanaya (FRA), Seyed Jafari (IRI), Sharif Khalilov (UZB)
J2 (+90kg): Vahid Nouri (IRI), Ibrahim Bolukbasi (TUR), Christopher Skelley (GBR)
J1 (48kg): Rosicleidi Silva (BRA), Anna Muller (GER), Khaiitkhon Kyzy (KGS)
J1 (57kg): Merve Uslu (TUR), Vanessa Wagner (GER), Asia Giordano (ITA)
J1 (70kg): Brenda Freitas (BRA), Esmer Taskin (TUR), Matilde Lauria (ITA)
J1 (+70kg): Nazan Gunes (TUR), Erika Zoaga (BRA), Mukesh Rani (IND)
J2 (48kg): Akmaral Nauatbek (KAZ), Carmen Brussig (SUI), Giulia Pereira (BRA)
J2 (57kg): Zeynep Celik (TUR), Lúcia Araújo (BRA), Dayana Fedossova (KAZ)
J2 (70kg): Kazusa Ogawa (JPN)
J2 (+70kg): Rebeca Silva (BRA), Kirsten Taylor (GBR), Prescillia Leze (FRA)
The second day was almost identical to the first, with fairly mixed results. Brazil led the final medal table with five golds and seven other medals, Turkey had three titles and three silvers, and several countries, such as Switzerland, Iraq, and India, won their first medals at an IBSA Grand Prix.