The 2018 IBSA World Judo Championship will be held November 16-18, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Eligibility:

The 2018 IBSA World Championship are open to visually impaired athletes born 2002 or earlier who are citizens of the United States and are eligible to represent the United States in Paralympic competition. Athletes must be able to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport.

Athletes must provide proof of visual impairment in the form of an official IBSA classification letter or card, or a letter or attached “unofficial classification” form completed by a primary care doctor, optometrist, or ophthalmologist.  All athletes must be members in good standing of USA Judo.

Classification of visual impairment:

Class B1:
Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60

Class B2:
Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive) and/or a visual field of less than 10 degrees.

Class B3:
Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.4 to 1.0 (inclusive) and/or a visual field of less than 40 degrees.
*Visual groups B1, B2, and B3 will compete together.

Categories of Competition:

Women: 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg

Men: 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg, and +100kg

 

Selection Criteria:

The 2018 USA Judo National Championship for the Visually Impaired to be held May 12-13, 2018 will serve as the selection event for the 2018 IBSA World Judo Championship.

  1. If the number 1 ranked athlete on the USA Judo Elite Point Roster for the Visually Impaired as of the date of the 2018 USA Judo National Championships for the Visually Impaired wins their weight category they will be named to the team.
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  3. If any athlete other than the number 1 ranked athlete wins a weight category at the 2018 USA Judo National Championships for the Visually Impaired, a best of three fight off will be held with the number 1 ranked athlete.
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  5. If more than one athlete it allowed in a weight category at the 2018 IBSA World Championships, the next highest ranked athlete on the USA Judo Elite Point Roster for the Visually Impaired as of the date of the 2018 USA Judo National Championships for the Visually Impaired will also be named to the team UNLESS there was a fight off in that weight category. If there was a fight off between the number 1 ranked athlete and another athlete, the loser of that fight off will be selected as the second member of the team in that weight category.

 

Athletes must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have participated in at least one “C” level or higher international tournament for the blind and visually impaired. If the athlete does not meet this criteria prior to the 2018 USA Judo National Championship, they will still be named to the team provided that they fulfill this requirement by at least November 1, 2018.

     

  • Hold a minimum rank of sankyu (brown belt)

If there is only one ranked athlete at any given weight category, they will be named to the team, provided that the meet the requirements above. Petitions from unranked athletes will not be accepted.

If any of the athletes selected, according to the above criteria, decline for any reason, the person who is then ranked highest on the USA Judo Visually Impaired National Roster as of May 14, 2018, will be the athlete selected for the team, provided they meet the requirements above.

An athlete who is to be nominated to the 2018 IBSA World Championship 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 Ed Liddie, Director of Coaching and 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 he or she may be removed.
*Violation of the USA Judo Code of Conduct.