The World Judo Tour already has another baby, the Dushanbe Grand Prix. In Abu Dhabi, the president of the International Judo Federation, Marius Vizer, signed the agreement with the president of the Tajik Judo Federation, Nurullo Loiqov.
It will be four years, at least for now, and four years is a total commitment. Organizing such an international tournament requires commitment and seriousness and this is what Tajikistan wishes to demonstrate.
President Vizer says “The Grand Prix means that our new country has proven its values and capabilities to organize such an event. It is a country with good athletes and the event will also help promote the nation and the region. “
For President Loiqov, this is a special moment because “we have been waiting for this moment for many years. Judo is the number one sport in my country and we wanted to bring the best stars there. We have an ancestral sport called gustingiri, which has many similarities with judo. We are a people of warriors and judo is our passion.
President Loiqov took the opportunity to thank for the immense support of the mayor of Dushanbe, Rustami Emomali, “without whose support we would not be here today. The investment is significant and the Dushanbe City Council will bear most of the cost, so it is only fair to acknowledge our greatest support.
The moment, the place in the calendar of the World Judo Tour that the Grand Prix of Dushanbe will occupy, remains to be seen. Tajikistan offers October but at the moment we cannot confirm it. What we do know is that the first edition will take place in 2023 and so on until 2026. Welcome to the circuit.