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Aug-Sep 26-01

World Championships and Teams

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Senior World Championships will be held from August 26 – September 1, 2013.

This year, each nation will be allowed to send one athlete per weight division plus two additional men and two additional women with a maximum of two athletes in any given weight division.

Team USA will include athletes from the following divisions for the Senior World Championships: Women's 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, 78kg and +78kg weight divisions and Men's 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg and +100kg weight divisions. 

All athletes seeking to qualify for the 2013 Senior World Championship Team MUST compete at the 2013 USA Judo Senior National Championships. In addition, each athlete must be present at the field of play for his or her first match of the tournament. Failing to complete any one of these requirements will result in the athlete being disqualified from possible selection. (The athlete may compete in the division of their choice at the US Nationals.)

In order to compete in the 2013 USA Judo Senior National Championships and / or qualify for the World Championships Team, an athlete must be a United States citizen AND be eligible to represent the United States in Olympic or World Championship competition.  In addition, all athletes competing in the Nationals must be born in 1998 or earlier.

Athletes will be named to the team via one of two scenarios:


a)         The athlete in each weight division who has the MOST points, earned between June 1, 2012 and June 23, 2013, on the IJF World Ranking List at the conclusion of the 2013 Continental Cup (June 22-23 in El Salvador) will be named to the team. For reference, the IJF World Ranking List can be found at www.ijf.org.


b)         The remaining two men’s and women’s slots will be allocated to the athletes with the most points on the IJF World Ranking List during the time period listed above who have not already been selected to the team. In the event that the two men or women with the highest point totals who have not been previously named to the team are ranked in the same weight division, the athlete with the most points will be selected. The second slot will then be allocated to the athlete with the next highest point total who is not in a weight division with two athletes who have already been selected.


In either Scenario A or Scenario B, should two athletes have equal point totals, the athlete with the highest IJF World Ranking on the date of selection will be named to the team.

If an athlete selected via Scenario A declines the invitation or is removed from the team for any reason, the slot will be offered to the athlete in the same weight division who has the next largest number of points on the aforementioned World Ranking List during the time period listed above.  Subsequent declines or removals will progress down the list in the same fashion.

If an athlete selected via Scenario B declines the invitation or is removed from the team for any reason, the slot will be offered to the athlete with the highest point total who has not been previously selected to the team. In the event that two athletes have already been named to the team in the weight division in which said athlete is ranked, the athlete with the next highest point total will be selected. Subsequent declines or removals will progress down the list in the same fashion.

The athletes who are selected for the World Championship Team have a maximum of 48 hours from the naming of the World Team to accept or decline their position.

An athlete who is to be nominated to the World Team may be removed from the nominations for any of the following reasons, as determined by the Athlete Performance Committee:


* Voluntary withdrawal.  Athlete must submit a written letter to Eddie Liddie, Director of Athlete Performance.


* Injury or illness as certified by a USA Judo approved physician (or medical staff).  If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a USA Judo-approved caregiver, his or her injury will be assumed to be disabling and the athlete may be removed.


* Violation of the USA Judo Code of Conduct.