We are in the unfortunate position where we must take a drastic decision in order to protect the judo family and also to comply with the general safety measures all around the world.
The IJF Executive Committee has taken the emergency decision to cancel with immediate effect all Olympic qualification Events on the IJF Calendar until April 30, 2020. This includes the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam in Russia and the Grand Prix in Tbilisi (GEO) and Antalya (TUR) and the continental events.
Unfortunately, the situation is now dangerous and critical from many points of view. It is of paramount importance to keep the judo family safe in these difficult times, and also to ensure fair chances for all athletes engaged in the Olympic qualification.
More information will be released in the upcoming days."
Regardless of what you feel about Coronavirus, it is clear that the safety of the athletes, officials, volunteers, and spectators needs to be the first priority. Also, would it be fair to the countries that cannot participate because of travel restrictions for these events to still be held? Hatashita Sports will be sure to share any and all information released by the IJF & USA Judo.