While Russian and Belarusian judokas will be able to participate under conditions in the next world championships, the International Judo Federation has confirmed that the files of eight members of the Russian delegation to make the trip to Doha have been rejected.
The International Judo Federation (IJF) has kept its word. On April 29, following the recent recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the latter opened the door of its competitions to representatives of Russia and Belarus, who will then have to respect strict neutrality and will not fight under the colors of their respective countries. However, the IJF has assured that a thorough investigation will be carried out concerning each of the persons to constitute the delegation of these two countries.
« Only athletes and coaches who respond positively to the verification process will be eligible and authorized to participate in events by the IJF Executive Committee “, said the federation in the press release confirming this position. In other words, anyone who has taken a position in favor of the attack led by Russia on the territory of Ukraine will be excluded, in particular for the world championships scheduled for May 7 to 13 in Doha.
Bashaev authorized to participate in the +100kg
A process whose conclusion was announced on Tuesday through a press release published on the official website of the IJF. “After conducting thorough background investigations, eight members of the delegation saw their candidature rejected following a vote of the Executive Committee “, announces the federation. However, the IJF has refrained from specifying whether these bans are aimed at judokas or other people able to integrate the Russian delegation which will make the trip to Qatar.
There will thus be 20 “neutral individual athletes” who have obtained the green light from the federation to defend their chances. on the occasion of the 40th edition of the world championships, organized for the first time in the Middle East. Tamerlan Bashaev, who put an end to Teddy Riner’s hopes of a third Olympic title in Tokyo, is part of this list of judokas authorized to participate. Worlds in which the Ukrainians will not take part in response to the decision of the IJF concerning Russia and Belarus.