SEPTEMBER 19 - THE Judo World Cup will return to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham tomorrow for the third consectutive year.
The British team, competing for the first time since failing to win an Olympic medal for the second Games in succession, will feature Karina Byrant, who fought in Beijing, Sally Conway, the world junior silver medallist, Georgina Singleton, the former European champion, and Simone Callender, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
As the first European World Cup following Beijing and on the road to London the event will be a chance for some of Britain’s emerging stars to gain experience on home soil against international competition.
The British team will come up against competitors from nations including Germany, Canada, Belgium, Finland, United States, Spain, New Zealand, Norway, Lithuania and Japan, with some sending their Beijing competitors.
The British leg of the World Cup has grown from strength to strength since its debut in 2006 as a women’s event, when it was widely described as one of the best judo tournaments ever to be held in this country.
Last year it was the men’s turn with Britain’s former world champion Craig Fallon being the main crowd puller.
He did not disappoint his fans picking up the gold medal in the -60kg weight category.
Normally a two day event, the British Judo Association (BJA) have announced this event will now take place on one day only.
Spectators will now be able to see all weight categories in action on one day as well as the special events already planned, including demonstrations, the chance to meet judo’s Beijing stars, steel bands, displays and much more.
Densign White, the hairman of the BJA said, “I am delighted to be back in Birmingham for the third year hosting this fantastic event.
"We expect the standard of judo will be as exciting as it is in the past.
"As we begin our build up to London 2012 this is a wonderful opportunity for younger judoka to start to establish themselves on the International stage.
"And for those from the UK they have the added advantage of home support."
The players will compete in seven different weight categories and all finals will be held on Saturday, with the competition starting at 11am.
For more information on the event and to buy tickets, which cost £14 for adults and £6 for concessions log onto www.britishjudo.org.uk or call 0870 909 4144.