Almaty has witnessed a press conference on the Judo World Cup, which will begin this weekend at the Baluan Sholak Sport Palace. The tournament is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. The tournament will involve 260 judo opponents from over 30 countries of the world. Kazakhstan is going to present 4 athletes in each weight category of both men and women. Unfortunately, the best Kazakhstan judo opponent and the World champion of 2010 Maxim Rakov, performing in the 100 kilogrammes weight category will not participate. The judo federation has decided to give him a rest after the World Championship in Paris.
Askhat Zhitkeyev, Head Coach, Kazakhstan Men’s National Judo Team:
“We will do all our best. We hope that at home we will be stronger and will take first place. We will do everything to implement given tasks.”