The draw for the IJF Grand Prix in Budapest was conducted today ©IJF

Olympic champions Paulo Pareto of Argentina and Brazil's Rafaela Silva are among the headline names due to compete as the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Prix circuit heads to Budapest.

Pareto is scheduled to participate in the under 48 kilograms division at the event in the Hungarian capital, due to begin tomorrow and concludes on Sunday (August 12).

Silva, whose triumph at her home Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro two years ago was one of the highlights of the event, is targeting her first major medal of the season in the under-57kg category.

Olympic and world silver medallist Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia is set to take part in the under-100kg division, while Brazil's double Olympic bronze medallist Leandro Guilhero is due to compete in the under-81kg tournament.

The Grand Prix competition at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna will see the sport's top competitors return to the venue which hosted last year's World Championships.

The three-day Grand Prix begins in Budapest tomorrow ©IJF
The three-day Grand Prix begins in Budapest tomorrow ©IJF

"It is a pleasure to see the judo family again here in Hungary," Hungarian Judo Association President László Toth said after the draw for the event was conducted today.

"Since we hosted the World Judo Championships we have been looking forward to seeing you all back here for another competition. 

"I wish you all a successful weekend and a great stay in Hungary."

A total of 17 referees all passed an IJF Academy examination in the Hungarian capital this week.

The new initiative was introduced before the Zagreb Grand Prix a fortnight ago and the second installment, with a different set group of referees, was held in Budapest.

"The IJF Academy collaboration with the referees is a great project," said IJF President Marius Vizer.

"Together we are all striving to present our sport in the best possible way and this is one method to equip our referees with extra skills and principles which will remain with them on the tatami."

You can watch the action on Judo TV here.