Colorado Springs, Colo., to host 2014 IBSA Judo Worlds

By International Paralympic Committee | April 23, 2014, 10 a.m. (ET)
Myles Porter with Ed Liddie
Myles Porter, shown with coach Eddie Liddie, won a silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in judo, a sport for visually impaired athletes.

International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has confirmed that the 2014 IBSA Judo World Championships will be held from Sept. 1-7 in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. 

The event, which is for visually impaired judokas, the only athletes eligible to compete in Paralympic judo, will serve as the first qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, American Myles Porter won a silver medal while teammate Dartanyon Crockett won a bronze.

The championships will take place at the OTC, which is an official training site for USA Judo. The facility has a state-of-the-art training and competition venue with 1,500 spectator seats and also features athlete dorms and a full service cafeteria.

The last IBSA Judo World Championships took place in 2011 in Antalya, Turkey, drawing 245 visually impaired judokas from 38 countries. Azerbaijan topped the medals table, followed by China and Algeria.