India’s elite judokas stare at uncertain future, no camp at Commonwealth Games

India’s elite judo athletes preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou are facing an uncertain future, an international judo player preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games said.

“We don’t know anything about the national training camps or selection criteria for the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games,” the international judoka said. “The open selection trial took place in Delhi from April 23 to 25, but there has been no official statement on the state camp.”

A day before the start of the national open selection trial at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, the sports ministry has cancelled its endorsement of the Judo Federation of India (JFI) for non-compliance in the new elections to be held in February 2022. Annual recognition of the JFI will only be invoked after new elections.

India's bronze medalist Rajwinder Kaur (left) at the awards ceremony for the women's +78kg judo final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Getty Images)

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“She is much better than her opponent in the 48kg category. We hope she will be in good health in time for the final trials in the coming weeks,” said the national team coach.


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