MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) - Belarusian judokas will compete in the upcoming 2023 World Judo Championships in Qatar, Secretary General of the Belarusian Judo Federation and state coach of the national team Ruslan Sharapov told BelTA.
Yahor Varapayeu will compete in the -90kg weight catagory and Darya Kantsavaya – in the 78kg category. Chief coach is Aleksandr Kotlovsky. According to Ruslan Sharapov, such a small representation of Belarusians is due to the fact that only athletes from the top 100 in the world rankings perform at the world tournament. Belarusian judokas have not been competing in ranking tournaments for more than a year, which means their positions have deteriorated significantly. Belarusians, as well as the Russians, were allowed to participate in international competitions only at the end of last week, and are going to compete as neutral athletes.
The 36th World Judo Championships will be held in Doha on 7-14 May. The event in Qatar will feature about 700 athletes from 99 countries. The tournament will include 15 medal events - seven in the men's and women's categories each, and also one team event.