The road to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games has been a long and arduous one for the world’s top judoka. For the past two years, athletes have been locked in an intense qualification battle, vying for the coveted spots to represent their nations on the biggest stage of all.

As the qualification period came to a close last weekend at the Lima Panamerican Open 2024, the International Judo Federation (IJF) has now released the highly anticipated lists of qualified athletes. The unveiling of these names has sparked a flurry of excitement and anticipation among delegations and competitors alike.

 Yesterday, on July 2nd, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) had to nominate the specific judoka who will don their country’s colours this summer. This was a delicate decision, as NOCs with multiple qualifiers in the same weight category had to choose just one athlete to represent them.

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With the qualification hurdles cleared and the rosters set, the focus for these world-class athletes will now shift entirely to their final preparations. The judo community eagerly awaits the start of the Olympic tournament on July 27th, which is shaping up to be one of the most captivating events in the modern history of the sport.

The published qualification lists, organized by weight category, by nation, and for the mixed team event, are available for all to access at the IJF website. 

The road to the podium has been paved, and the stage is set for an unforgettable judo showcase on the world’s biggest athletic stage. As the anticipation builds, the global judo community stands ready to witness the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and the realization of dreams.