Rabat - World Judo Masters Mohammed VI kicked off, Saturday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, with the participation of top 250 world judo players, including Olympic champions representing sixty countries.
This event, held Saturday and Sunday under the aegis of the International Judo Federation (IJF), is listed in the World Judo Tour and qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The first day of the World Judo Masters featured the first seven categories as the women's -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and 63kg and men's -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories
"This a very good organization and Morocco put a lot of effort to organize the World Masters. I especially want to thank HM Kind Mohammed VI for His great support", Marius Vizer, IJF President, said at the end of this first day.
"Having the best judo players in the world guarantees to have a very high level of judo and that is what we had all day long. Throughout the preliminary rounds and the final block, we saw a lot of scores and I hope that tomorrow it will be the same", he underlined, adding that the "World Masters are being held in Africa for the first time. It will open many doors to the development of judo in the continent. It is a very good motivation for all the judo players and beyond".
Morocco is the first Arab and African country to organize this meeting. It also hosted several global judo events, notably the World Junior Championships and the Continental Open Casablanca, attracting a large number of international judo players.