Big Numbers Headed For USA Judos First Cadet World Championships

By Ernest Pund | July 20, 2013, 10:12 p.m. (ET)

More than 550 of the top teen athletes from around the world have already registered to fight for international ranking points and prize money at USA Judo’s first Cadet World Championships slated for Miami next month.

Eighty one nations are sending teams, with particularly big numbers coming from Mongolia, Russia, Japan and Khazakstan. In addition to $50,000 in prize money split between those making the podiums, athletes ages 15-17 will be qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games next year in Nanjing.

“These are terrific numbers,” said Corinne Shigemoto, Director of the Cadet Tournament and USA Judo’s Chief Operating Officer. “This is the first time we’ve hosted the Cadet World Championships and we’re really excited. This is going to be a blockbuster.”

Destined for the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Aug, 8 – 11, just minutes from Miami International Airport and the white sands of Miami Beach, the Cadet World Championships is sanctioned by the International Judo Federation and a rite of passage for junior athlete headed into serious senior elite competition.

Go to the U.S. Team ROSTER.

For USA Judo, hosting the tournament is not only a matter of great pride but part of the plan to foster and support great U.S. athletes, said Jose H. Rodriguez, USA Judo’s CEO. “We are fulfilling a necessary goal – to bring the best tournaments in the world to home soil.”

Tickets to the prestigious event will be $20 at the door.