As the 2016 Olympics approach, fans of judo around the world are getting excited to watch their favorite sport on the biggest stage. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action.
How to Watch Judo at The 2016 Olympics
Judo will be contested at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from 6 to 12 August at the Carioca Arena 2 in Barra da Tijuca. This will be the sport’s ninth appearance at the Summer Olympics since it was first introduced in 1964. A total of 176 judokas will compete in 14 events, down from 22 events in 2008. The competition format for each event is a single-elimination tournament, with a repechage used to award medalists not defeated in the main bracket. The gold and silver medal matches will involve only those judokas who have not lost prior to that round, with medals awarded based on rank. For both competitions, two bronze medals will also be awarded (through repechages) to those judokas eliminated in earlier rounds by participants who advance to the gold medal contest. To qualify for the 2016 Olympics, athletes must earn points through various qualifying tournaments leading up to the Games. The 2015 World Judo Championships act as the primary qualifier, with 700 places available for men and women (350 for each gender). A further 96 quota places are available for men and women through four Continental Qualification Tournaments: Africa (48 places), Asia (24), Europe (24), and Pan American (none). The final 48 available spots will be determined at two Final Qualification Tournaments held in late May or early June 2016; 24 places each for men and women. At these tournaments, athletes must also reach a minimum technical proficiency threshold as set by the International Judo Federation’s Refereeing Commission.
What to Expect From The Judo Competition at The 2016 Olympics
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just around the corner, all eyes are on Judo. This will be the first time that Judo has been included as an Olympic sport since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and fans are eagerly anticipating some world-class competition. There are a total of seven weight classes for both men and women, ranging from 60kg to 100kg for men and 48kg to 78kg for women. The competition will take place over a span of five days, from August 6th to August 11th, with each weight class having its own respective day of competition. As far as what to expect from the judo competition at the 2016 Olympics, fans can expect plenty of high-octane action and some very talented athletes. With so many world-class judokas set to compete, it is anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top. However, one thing is for sure – it is sure to be an exciting event that judo fans will not want to miss!
The Top Judo Athletes to Watch Out For at The 2016 Olympics
Judo will be featured at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The competition will take place from August 6-12. There are a total of 530 athletes (265 men and 265 women) competing in judo at the 2016 Olympics. They will be competing in 14 weight classes (7 for men and 7 for women). Some of the top judo athletes to watch out for at the 2016 Olympics include:
- Rafaela Silva (Brazil): She is the reigning world champion in the Women’s 57 kg weight class. She is also a two-time Olympic medalist, winning bronze at the 2012 Olympics and silver at the 2016 Olympics.
- Majlinda Kelmendi (Albania): She is the reigning Olympic champion in the Women’s 52 kg weight class. She is also a two-time world champion and a five-time European champion.
- Shohei Ono (Japan): He is the reigning Olympic champion in the Men’s 73 kg weight class. He is also a four-time world champion and a three-time Asian Games medalist.
How Judo Has Evolved Since The Last Olympics
Since the last Olympics, judo has made a few changes to the way the sport is played. One of the biggest changes is that athletes are now allowed to score points by throwing their opponents onto the mat, as well as pinning them. This has made judo more exciting to watch, as there are now more ways for athletes to win matches. Judo has also changed the size of the mat that is used for competition. The mat is now smaller, which means that matches can be shorter and more action-packed. This change was made in order to make judo more TV-friendly, as shorter matches are easier to broadcast on television. Finally, judo has tweaked its rules in order to make the sport safer for athletes. For example, there is now a limit on how many times an athlete can do a certain move in a match. This prevents athletes from doing too much damage to their opponents and makes judo safer overall.
What The Judo Competition at The 2016 Olympics Will Mean For The Sport
This year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will feature the sport of judo for the first time since the 1964 Tokyo Games. The sport has undergone significant changes since then, both in terms of its rules and its global popularity. Judo was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, a Japanese educator and athlete who was looking for a physical activity that could be enjoyed by all. He took elements of other martial arts such as jujitsu, kendo and sumo, and created a system that would be both physically and mentally challenging.
The sport has strict rules and is governed by an international federation, the International Judo Federation (IJF). It is practiced in more than 200 countries and has approximately 30 million participants. The Olympics is the pinnacle of any athlete’s career, and judo is no different. The sport was added to the Olympic program in 1964, and has been featured at every Summer Games since then with the exception of 1980 (when it was boycotted by several nations).
There are seven weight classes for men and seven for women, each with their own set of medalists. The competition will take place over five days, from August 6-11. With the 2016 Olympics being held in Brazil, there is sure to be a strong showing from the home country’s judo team. Brazil has won seven Olympic medals in judo (two gold, two silver, three bronze), but will be looking to add to that total in front of a passionate home crowd.