Big Turnout Builds For USA Judos Grand Prix Miami

By Ernest Pund | May 30, 2013, 5:06 p.m. (ET)

More than 330 athletes from nearly 40 nations, with big teams coming from judo power plants like Great Britain, Russia, Cuba and Brazil, will converge on South Florida next month to fight for big ranking points and a huge purse at USA Judo’s Grand Prix Miami.

Destined for June 15-16, Grand Prix Miami will be the most prestigious international judo tournament held on U.S. soil in decades, outside of only the Olympic Games. And, because only the top ranking athletes from each country can compete, spectators are guaranteed the greatest display of takedowns, arm bars and chokes on the planet. Go to THE EXPERIENCE for information on attending.

Of competitors already registered for the event, Russia is sending 16 of its best, Cuba 17, Brazil 19, Great Britain is sending 20 and Mongolia will be represented by 23 of that nation’s elites.

A huge victory for up-and-coming U.S. judo stars and their fans is the fact that USA Judo, because it is hosting the event, can send four fighters per division – all other nations can only send two athletes per division. That has opened the door for lots of young athletes who never could have attended this level of tournament in another nation. Go the ROSTER for a complete list of more than 50 U.S. athletes competing.

Another reason to believe that Grand Prix Miami will be nothing short of amazing: this is the first time that judo athletes can collect points toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Another tremendous magnet for top competition is the total prize money of $100,000 that goes to those standing on the podium.

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