MINSK, 23 September (BelTA) - The International Judo Federation has canceled the Tokyo Grand Slam, an international judo competition that had been scheduled for December, BelTA has learned.
The reason behind the cancellation is the coronavirus pandemic.
“In light of the continued uncertainty still existing around the Covid-19 pandemic, along with considering the fact that Japan is the hosting country of the Olympic Games, the IJF needs to be extra cautious when planning events in Japan. Given that there are already several IJF events, as well as many national competitions, which will take place from the beginning of 2021, it was agreed to cancel this Grand Slam, not postpone,” the IJF said.
The cancellation of other competitions under the auspices of the International Judo Federation has not been announced. The IJF will confirm the Budapest Grand Slam, pending on a decision from the Hungarian government. The competition is scheduled for the end of October. The Qatari authorities have confirmed that they will host the Masters series tournament from 11 to 13 January 2021.