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Australian Team Announced for the 2022 Senior World Championships

Judo Australia has completed selections for the 2022 World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 6 – 13 October.

25 August 2022

All eyes in the judo world will be focused on Uzbekistan when the 2022 World Championships get underway in Tashkent on the 6th of October.

The annual eight-day event is the highlight of the international judo schedule and will see the best judoka from across the globe compete for the title of world champion.

This year’s event will also mark the first World Championships of the new Olympic qualification period meaning that athletes will earn valuable points toward qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Following the exciting international schedule, Judo Australia are poised to send the following athletes to this year’s World Championships:

Female Athletes

Tinka Easton (VIC) - 52kg

Katharina Haecker (QLD) - 63kg

Maeva Coughlan (VIC) - 63kg

Aoife Coughlan (VIC) - 70KG

Abigail Paduch (NSW) + 78kg

Male Athletes

Josh Katz (NSW) - 60kg

Nathan Katz (NSW) - 66kg

Harry Cassar (VIC) - 90kg

Kayhan Ozcicek-Takagi (NSW) - 100kg

The new International Judo Federation rules require athletes to be ranked in the top 100 on the World Ranking list within their weight division to be eligible for this year’s competition, ensuring that only the best will be competing in Tashkent in October.

“First, I want to congratulate the athletes who were selected to compete at the Worlds and wish them the best as they prepare for this Olympic qualifying event.” said Maria Pekli, Combat Australia’s Judo Technical Lead. “We are expecting a very high-quality event in Tashkent that will test our athletes against the top judoka in the world and will require them to be at their best to get into the later rounds of the tournament.”

Judo Australia CEO Emma Taylor added, “The World Championships is a benchmark event that will challenge our judokas to perform at their absolute best and will provide them with an opportunity to only get better. I want to congratulate them on being selected to represent Judo Australia and commend them for the hard work they have put in this past year to quality for this great event.”

As part of their preparations for the World Championships, the Australian team will hold a weeklong camp between the 14 – 21 September at the National Performance Centre in Melbourne, Victoria before heading overseas on the 24th to complete their preparations ahead of the World Championships.

Judo Australia would like to congratulate all the athletes selected to represent judo and Australia on the world stage and we wish you all the best in your preparations as we look forward to watching you compete in Tashkent.



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