Sihui, located in Zhaoqing City, Guangdong Province, served as the grand finale for the 2023 Chinese National Judo Ranking Tournament, which took place from December 19th to 21st. The tournament had previously made stops in Harbin, Alukeerqin, Chuzhou, and Jinjiang, making Sihui the culminating event of this year’s competition. This prestigious tournament was organised by the Weightlifting, Wrestling, and Judo Sports Management Center of the General Administration of Sport, with the Guangdong Provincial Social Sports and Training Competition Center, Zhaoqing Municipal Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism, and Sports Bureau, Sihui Municipal People’s Government, Guangdong Judo Association, Sihui Municipal Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism, and Sports Bureau, and Guangdong Changmai Sports Development Co., Ltd. serving as hosts and co-organisers.

Following the rules of the International Judo Federation, the 2023 National Judo Ranking Tournament featured men’s and women’s divisions. The women’s division comprised seven weight classes: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, and +78kg. Similarly, the men’s division consisted of seven weight classes: -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, and +100kg. A total of 358 athletes from various provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions, and sports universities across the country competed in Sihui, vying for the ultimate victory.

Launched during the 15th National Games cycle, the 2023 National Judo Ranking Tournament was organized by the China Judo Association to encourage exceptional athletes to participate in high-level competitions and elevate the competitive level of judo in China. The tournament format drew inspiration from the International Judo Federation’s ranking system, tailored to suit the specific requirements of domestic events. Athletes from different provinces and cities earned rankings based on their performances, aiming to qualify for the 2024 National Judo Championships and the final stage of the judo event at the 15th National Games.

Sihui Deputy Party Secretary Wu Jun highlighted the city’s commitment to promoting fitness for all and harnessing the potential for sports development. Sihui has diligently constructed sports centers, diverse competition venues, fitness greenways, and supporting facilities. The city has hosted various national and provincial judo championships, master tournaments, as well as large-scale sporting events like countryside cycling, mountain biking, and hiking. These endeavours have not only promoted a wide array of sports events in Sihui but have also contributed to the extensive development of both mass and competitive sports, establishing a solid foundation for transforming Sihui into a prominent sports city within the Greater Bay Area.

On the first day of the competition, thrilling matches unfolded in the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg categories, and the men’s -60kg, -66kg categories. Li Jinlan from Guangxi, Liu Liping from Hunan Xiangmei, and Zhou Jia from Inner Mongolia emerged as champions in the women’s -48kg, -52kg, and -57kg finals, respectively. In the men’s -60kg and -66kg finals, Wang Yuantao from Jiangsu and Xiudou Rigaj from Inner Mongolia claimed the titles.
The second day witnessed intense contests in the women’s -63kg, -70kg, and the men’s -73kg, -81kg categories. Liu Han from Hunan Xiangmei and Sun Xiaoqian from Shandong secured the championship titles in the women’s -63kg and -70kg finals, respectively. Gou Junlong from Jiangsu and Songha’er Sailike from Xinjiang emerged as champions in the men’s -73kg and -81kg finals.
On December 21st, the third and final day of the 2023 National Judo Points Competition in Sihui, matches took place in the women’s -78kg, +78kg, and the men’s -90kg, -100kg, +100kg categories.