Matthias Casse is one of the world champions in attendance at the Portugal Grand Prix ©Getty Images

The Portugal Grand Prix is set to get the World Judo Tour underway for 2022, with three days of competition in Almada to bring together some of the leading names in the sport including world champions.

In the men's under-66 kilograms category, the world numbers one and two lead the field.

An Ba-ul of South Korea - a two-time Olympic medallist and the 2015 world champion - is due to be in action, with world number two Denis Vieru of Moldova - a world bronze medallist from 2019 - also entered.

Belgian Matthias Casse is the top seed in the men's under-81kg, fresh from his World Championship gold medal last year in Budapest and an Olympic bronze medal won in Tokyo.

Portugal's Jorge Fonseca is the top-ranked judoka in the men's under-100kg, coming off the back of a world title and Olympic bronze too.

Francisco Garrigós of Spain, who won bronze at the World Championships in the men's under-60kg, is also a top seed, in front of two-time Grand Prix medallist Artem Lesiuk of Ukraine.

Fabienne Kocher of Switzerland is a bronze medallist from last year's World Championships in the women's under-52kg and goes in as top seed, but fourth seed Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo could be considered the favourite as a reigning Olympic champion.

Telma Monteiro is set to compete in the women's under-57kg ©Getty Images
Telma Monteiro is set to compete in the women's under-57kg ©Getty Images

Another home favourite, Telma Monteiro, is the first seed in the women's under-57kg and one of the most decorated athletes at the Grand Prix this weekend.

She is an Olympic bronze medallist, five-time world medallist and five-time European champion, including last year in her home nation, where she will be looking for more success.

European champion Beata Pacut of Poland headlines the women's under-78kg category.

The next three seeds are just behind her in the rankings from ninth to 12th - Inbar Lanir of Israel, Ukraine's Anastasiya Turchyn and South Korean Yoon Hyun-ji.

The Portugal Grand Prix is scheduled to start tomorrow, ending on Sunday (January 30).