The International Judo Federation has officially decided to cancel the Tokyo Grand Slam event that was scheduled for December.
The reason for the cancelation of the event was the fact that Japan’s capital city will host the Olympic Games next year and a potential increase in new COVID-19 cases among competitors would threaten the conducting of the Games.
In this same period of time, however, the International Judo Federation is planning to organize the Zagreb Grand Prix, together with the Croatian Judo Federation.
It was also decided to proceed with the organization of the other events, including the Budapest Grand Slam at the end of October. The IJF will confirm the Budapest Grand Slam at the beginning of October, pending on a decision from the Hungarian government.
Here’s what the IJF President Marius Vizer had to say:
“The most important role of the International Judo Federation, and in this situation particularly, is to protect our sport and our athletes. In coordination with all stakeholders, we will continue to make everything possible to ensure the safety of all.”