The first IJF World Tour event whilst also being the first Olympic qualifying event of 2024 will begin this weekend with the annual Portugal Grand Prix. The event will run between 26-28 January. With the entry being closed, only minor changes should be expected. With almost 700 competitors across 95 nations, expectations of this event are certainly levelled up. Numbers or not, from now on, every step counts and the tension will constantly rise. Yet, without a doubt, the Pavilhao Mutiusos de Odivelas arena will serve as an outstanding assembly point of the judo world.
The President of the Portuguese Judo Federation, Mr Joaquim Sergio PINA, looks forward to welcome you all;
Dear international judo family,
It is a great honour to host Portugal’s Grand Prix in Lisbon again! The Portuguese Judo Federation is committed to making this grand prix a reference, not only on an organisational level but also from a sporting point of view. We invite all the judo family to come to Odivelas to enjoy the competition.
I would like to thank the Portuguese government and all our sponsors and partners for their support. We also extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to International Judo Federation President Mr Marius Vizer for his continuous support and confidence when allocating the organisation of this event to the Portuguese Judo Federation.
On behalf of the Portuguese Judo Federation and myself, I wish all judoka and officials a successful tournament and a pleasant stay in Lisbon.
Photo: IJF/Kulumbegashvili Tamara
Author: Szandra Szogedi