Antonio Tenorio Da Silva will hope to secure a seventh consecutive Paralympic medal ©Getty Images

Brazil’s Antonio Tenorio Da Silva will seek to earn a medal at a seventh consecutive Paralympic Games when the judoka competes at the Nippon Budokan at Tokyo 2020.

Tenorio is the most decorated Paralympic judoka with four gold, one silver and a bronze medal.

He enjoyed a run of four straight Paralympic gold medals from Atlanta 1996 through to Beijing 2008, but suffered defeats in the latter stages at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

The 50-year-old battled COVID-19 earlier this year, which led to him being hospitalised for 18 days.

Tenorio could face the challenge of Britain’s Christopher Skelley in the men’s over-100 kilogram division in Tokyo, the home of judo.

Reigning Paralympic champion Sherzod Namozov will be seeking to lead Uzbekistan’s challenge in the Japanese capital, after the nation topped the Rio 2016 Paralympic judo medal table with three golds.

Namozov will compete in the men’s under-60kg division and will expect to face competition from Romania’s Alex Bologa, the world number one and Rio 2016 bronze medallist.

Ukraine’s world champion Oleksandr Nazarenko will be among the favourites in the men’s under-90kg event.

Azerbaijan’s Ramil Gasimov and Mexico’s Eduardo Avila Sanchez will aim to repeat their triumphs at Rio 2016 in the under-73kg and under-81kg divisions, respectively.

The over-100kg competition will be the last appearance for Choi Gwang-geun, a two-time Paralympic champion.

The South Korean will aim to end his career on a high, but will face a tough challenge in the form of Iranian world champion Mohammadreza Kheirollahzadeh.

French flagbearer Sandrine Martinet will also end her career after Tokyo 2020.

She will compete in the women’s under-48kg competition, after dropping down from the under-52kg event she won at Rio 2016.

Canada’s Priscilla Gagne will be among the contenders to succeed Martinet as 52kg gold medallist, as the current Pan American champion and world number two.

Ukraine’s Irina Husieva will aim to improve on her silver medal from Rio 2016 in the under-63kg.

Mexican Paralympic champion Lenia Ruvalcaba could face Brazil’s world title-holder Alana Martins Maldonado in a repeat of the under-70kg final in Rio de Janeiro.

Paralympic bronze medallist Junk Hirose will also carry Japanese hopes in the women’s under-57kg event at Tokyo 2020.