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Oct 11, 2020

Five players from Indian Judo Team to participate in Grand Slam 2020 competition

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Five players from the Indian Judo Team will be participating in the Grand Slam 2020 competition, an International Judo Federation event happening in Budapest, Hungary from 23rd to 26th this month. The full cost of the trip will be borne by the Government.

The five judokas, consisting of two women and three men players, will leave for the competition on 19th.

They will have to produce at least two Covid-19 negative individual medical certificates, PCR test made maximum 5 days before arrival and taken 48 hours apart upon arrival at Hungary.

The women’s team includes 25-year-old Sushila Devi 48 kg from Manipur and 22-year-old Tulika Mann 78 kg of Delhi.

The men’s team comprises of former Olympian and 28-year-old Avtar Singh 100 kg, 22-year-old TOPS developmental group athlete Jasleen Singh Saini 66 kg from Punjab and 24-year-old Vijay Yadav 60 kg.

The five players will be accompanied by coach Jiwan Sharma for the length of the competition in Hungary.

Sports Ministry said, they are all selected on the basis of the world ranking and have high chances of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics games postponed to next year.

They are also the best competitors in the Senior National Ranking Championships.

Among the women, Sushila Devi is ranked the highest at 41 and has a total of 833 Olympic qualification points, while Jasleen is ranked the highest at 56 among the men and has 854 Olympic qualification points.

Around 645 competitors from across 81 countries are slated to participate in the International Judo Federation event in Budapest.

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