Tashkent to host judo World Senior Championships in 2021

The IJF Dusseldorf Judo Grand Prix at Mitsubishi Electric Halle on February 21, 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, will host judo’s World Senior Championships in 2021, under an agreement this week between the International Judo Federation and the Judo Federation of Uzbekistan.

Tashkent has been a stop on the IJF’s World Judo Tour since 2013, and the Uzbekistan federation (JFUz) has hosted other judo events including Continental Championships and Continental Opens.

In a first for the sport, a World Championships for blind judoka will be hosted in Tashkent by the International Blind Sports Federation straight after the 2021 World Senior Championships.

Announcing the deal, IJF president Marius Vizer said: “This Championships is a great occasion to promote values of Uzbekistan and the values of Judo to the world. I hope this great event will be an inspiration for the younger generations all over the world to enjoy judo and all other sports.”

JFUz president Azizjon Kamilov said: “The Judo Federation of Uzbekistan has organised a series of big events in Tashkent. The last Grand Prix was held in the brand-new ‘Humo Arena’ and we hope that the next World Judo Championships will be one of the best.”