Great Britain to host Judo World Cup event in Echo Arena, Liverpool

Echo Arena is the host venue for the 2011 The British Judo Association GB World Cup event for Men taking place on the 1st-2nd Oct 2011. It is the first time that the event, which is staged with support from UK Sport’s Lottery funded World Class Events Programme, will have been held in Liverpool having been staged in Birmingham for the last five year years.

The GB World Cup is a key event on the International Judo Federation World Circuit, which includes 26 tournaments in cities including Paris, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Qingdao and Abu Dhabi.  Each year the British leg alternates between Men and Women, with 2011 being a Men’s event in Liverpool.

The Circuit attracts the highest-level competitors and, with Olympic qualification ranking points also up for grabs at every event, Liverpool is predicted to attract some of the World’s best on their campaign to reach London 2012.

The British Men will also be looking to benefit from the support of a home crowd just 10 months ahead of the Games as they try and meet the standards required to secure one of the Host National Qualification spots.  Last week the British Olympic Association announced that it would give British judo players the opportunity to utilise the maximum 14 places.

British Judo’s Chairman, Densign White, said, “The GB World Cup continues to grow and prosper and we are committed to staging the best male event in the world in 2011.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “It’s a fantastic coup for the city to be hosting an event which could have an impact on who will be part of Team GB in 2012.

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