Kuwait Hosts Asian Open Judo Championship with 27 International Teams

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KUWAIT CITY, April 28: The Asian Open Championship for Judo commenced with the participation of 27 teams from across the Asian continent and beyond. Acting Director General of the Public Authority for Sports, Faisal Al-Yateem, praised the Kuwaiti Judo Federation for their excellent organization of the tournament, citing it as evidence of Kuwaiti sports cadres’ excellence. He went on to express the Authority’s dedication to supporting Kuwaiti sports federations in hosting important sports forums, which would place Kuwait on the map of international, continental, and regional sports.

At the opening ceremony, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Championship, Youssef Daly, explained that Kuwait was enthusiastic about hosting the Open Championship for players from the Asian continent and beyond due to its crucial role in enhancing the technical levels of Kuwaiti and Arab players. Daly expressed his appreciation for Minister Al-Mutairi’s sponsorship of the championship and the Sports Authority’s support, which has given the championship great strength. He wished success to the Kuwaiti players and the participating teams and expressed his hope that they would present a distinguished level that reflects the development of this game at the continental and international levels.

The first day of the championship competitions, which took place in the Federation Hall, saw Kazakh player Yerzhan Yernikipov win the gold medal in the under 60 kg competitions, and his compatriot Ajblot Yestibi won the first place and gold in the under 66 kg competitions. The gold in the under 73 kg competitions went to Lithuanian player Kiestuts Vikoskas. In the women’s category, there was a Korean dominance with Juhi Yu winning the gold medal in the under 48 kg competitions, Myo Ho winning gold in the under 52 kg competitions, and Yuna Shin winning the gold medal in the under 57 kg competition. The gold medal for the under 63 kg competition went to Serbian national team player Jovana Pancic. The remaining competitions will take place tomorrow, Saturday.

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