Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent has been chosen to host the 2021 World Judo Championships as a replacement for the initial choice – Vienna.
The International Judo Federation (IJF) and the Judo Federation of Uzbekistan (JFUz) have signed a contract, meaning the best of judo will be going to Central Asia next year.
The event had originally been awarded to the Austrian capital, but they gave hosting rights back to the IJF following a corruption scandal that bought down the country’s Government and left funding in doubt.
IJF President Marius Vizer signed the contract with JFUz President Azizjon Kamilov during his official visit to the city – a deal was sealed at the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.
Vizer believes the event will be a success on a number of levels.
“This championship is a great occasion to promote values of Uzbekistan and the values of judo to the world,” he said.
Kamilov claimed the region was in a perfect place to host the competition.
“The Judo Federation of Uzbekistan has organized a series of big events in Tashkent,” he said.
“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.”
The event is not held in an Olympic year so Tashkent will be the next city to stage the Championships and will be followed in 2022 by Budapest and in 2023 by Doha.