The three Malagasy representatives, Fetra Ratsimiziva (-81 kg men), Damiella Nomenjanahary and Aina Laura Rasoanaivo Razafy, in the women’s -63 kg, will enter the tatami of the World Championships in Budapest (Hungary), today.
Last chance for all participants! The final qualifying competition for the Olympic Games (JO), the world championship will see the participation of 664 judokas from 118 countries, including the Big Island.
“The stakes are high for the world elites, because it is the last before the Olympic Games … There will be a fight, there will be some and very high level”, said the Malagasy coach, Mamy Andriamasinoro who accompanies the Malagasy trio during this campaign. In search of an Olympic qualification, the Malagasy judokas will not be housed in the same boat. Indeed, on the strength of his good runs during the continental campaign which allowed him to climb the ranks in the world rankings, Fetra Ratsimiziva is exempt from the first round.
This is not the case for the two Malagasy judokats who will first go through the preliminary round. But, unlike their male counterpart in the -81 kg with 77 fighters in the running, in the women’s -63 kg, the number of participants is only 43. In each of the two categories, seven African fighters are engaged.
“Our participation in this competition is always part of the Olympic qualification. A place to be confirmed for Tokyo 2021 ”, specified Mamy Andriamasinoro. According to Fetra Ratsimiziva, the 6 best African judokas by category in the world ranking will qualify directly for the Olympics.
-81 kg man:
Fetra Ratsimiziva-Terence Kouamba (Gabonese) or Zelim Tckaev (Azerbaijan)
-63 kg woman:
Damiella Nomenjanahary-Sandrine Billiet (Capverdienne)
Aina Laura Rasoanaivo Razafy-Farangiz Khojieva (Uzbekistan)