2019 Paralympic Qualifying Event – IBSA Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Selection Criteria

The 2019 IBSA Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a 2020 Paralympic Qualifying event, will be held May 10-15, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Eligibility:
The 2019 IBSA Azerbaijan Grand Prix is open to visually impaired athletes born 2004 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:
Selection for this event will be as follows:

  1. The two (2) highest ranked athletes on the IBSA World Ranking List in each weight category as of February 20, 2019 will be named to the team.

  2. If there is only one athlete ranked on the IBSA World Ranking List as of February 20, 2019, the highest ranked athlete on the USA Judo Elite Point Roster for the Visually Impaired as of February 20, 2019 who is not ranked on the IBSA WRL will be named to the team, provided that they hold the rank of brown belt (sankyu) or higher (verified by USA Judo) and have competed in at least 1 C-level or high international event for the visually impaired.

  3. If there are no ranked athletes on the IBSA World Ranking List as of February 20, 2019, the two highest ranked athletes on the USA Judo Elite Point Roster for the Visually Impaired as of February 20, 2019 will be named to the team, provided that they hold the rank of brown belt (sankyu) or higher (verified by USA Judo) and have competed in at least 1 C-level or high international event for the visually impaired.

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 February 20, 2019 will be named to the team provided that they hold the rank of brown belt (sankyu) or higher (verified by USA Judo) and have competed in at least 1 C-level or high international event for the visually impaired.

An athlete who is to be nominated to the 2019 IBSA Azerbaijan Grand Prix 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.