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Georgia and Japan Win World Youth Judo by Teams

Oct 28, -- Georgia's male team, and Japan's female team, won the World Judo Championship by Teams, youth category, in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, where Cuba's men squad lost in its debut.

The Cubans lost to South Korea, while Georgians and Japanese defeated the Greeks and French in the final, respectively, who won the silver medals.

Meanwhile, Ukrainians and Japanese ended with bronze after defeating the Dutch and Slovenes, in that order, occupants of 5th place, followed by Mongolia and South Korea, which ended in the 7th step.

A similar quota managed both the Croatians and Germans –bronze medals--, beating the Russians and Brazilians, owners of 5th seats, respectively, ahead of Mexico and Israel, which ended in the 7th step.

The event covered the divisions of 66, 73, 81, 90 and more than 90 kilos, in the males; and 52, 57, 63, 70 and more than 70 kilos, in the female, in which Cuba was not included.

Cuba competed with Magdiel Estrada, 7th place in the 73 kilos in the individual tournament which ended on Saturday, Iván Silva (81 kilos), Alex Garcia (+90), Onier Blanco (+90) and Norlandis Soler (+100).

In statements to AIN news agency, the head coach of Cuba, Prof. Ronaldo Veitía, classified as an injustice, not inviting to his female squad for the appointment, after its 11th place in the individual women's tournament in which it took part with only five judokas in 8 divisions, with the presence of 250 athletes from 54 nations, and where they managed the bronze medal.

The organizers chose two teams (men and women's) from Africa, four from Asia, four from Europe, two from the Americas, one from Oceania and the host country, which was joined by another two by invitation or wild card.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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