Last few months are left for Olympic Qualification and Qualifications tournament are going across the world. So far 63 Indian Athlete have qualified for Olympic across six sports. And upcoming months will be important for Indian Athlete.
Last time India has 117 athletes qualified in 15 events across 67 events. Avtar Singh represents India in judo. Avtar Singh earned a continental quota from the Asian region, as the highest-ranked Indian judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking.
How one can earn Judo Olympics Qualification
In Judo a total of 386 athletes could qualify. The top 18 athletes in each division directly qualify, though each Nation is subjected to have a limit of 1 judoka per division.
Further continental quotas are also available.10 quota in both genders is available for Asian continent across 14 discipline. The quota will be distributed on the bases of the IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020, a Continental Ranking List will be created listing all the athletes from Asian continent across all weight categories and genders according to their World Ranking points.
Athletes with the highest number of points on the Continental Ranking List will qualify. Maximum one athlete per Nation can qualify through continental qualification across all weight categories and genders.
What are Indian chances for Olympic Qualification in Judo
No Indian is currently in direct Olympic Qualification list. So in the Current situation, India could get only one quota place. Last time on the basis of Continent Ranking Avtar Singh qualifies. Avtar Singh, Tulika Maan, Jasleen Singh, Sushila Devi and Vijay Kumar all are currently fighting for top Indian Spot in the ranking list.
Jasleen Singh who participates in 66kg is currently best Indian according to ranking while Sushila Devi who recently won Silver medal at Hong Kong Asia Open 2019 is only 15 points behind him. Sushila has played one less tournament then Jasleen. Jasleen best performance came in Tbilisi Grand Prix 2019 where he finishes overall fifth and got 252 points, in the same tournament Sushila lost in earlier round.
While Sushila got maximum of 252 points from Tashkent Grand Prix 2019 and Zagreb Grand Prix 2019 where she has fifth-place finish. She won Silver medal in Hongkong Open but got only 70 points.
|Judoka||Weight Catageory||Rank||Point||Current Last Direct Qualifier|
|Jasleen Singh||men 66kg||55||738 points||28th – 1457 points|
|Shushila Devi||Women 48 Kg||41||723 points||28th – 1581 points|
|SINGH Avtar||men 100kg||57||566 points||24th- 1644 points|
|Vijay Kumar||men 60kg||71||423 points||28th -1467 points|
|MAAN Tulika||Women 78+ Kg||55||296 points||25th – 1556 points|
Apart from these two olympian Avtar Singh, Tulika Maan and Vijay Kumar are also in the hunt for Olympics qualification. Avtar Singh who is third among Indian, he didn’t had good 2019 as compare to other two. Hong Kong Asian Open 2019 Bronze Medalist Vikas Kumar is fourth among Indian.
All these along with Tulika is set to participate at Paris Grand Slam 2020 this week, after that, they will move to Dusseldorf Grand Slam 2020 which will take place later this month. They will be eyeing to get maximum possible points.
For Direct Qualifications, Jasleen and Shushila have little chance they need to get top 5 finish in any of next three Grand Prix or above level tournament and hope for average performance from other. Currently, Jasleen is 719 point behind the last direct Olympic Qualification spot holder. He needs to climb up to 28 in world from 55. Like Jasleen, Sushila also needs three-four excellent tournament as she is 840 points behind. You Can See the Points difference in Above Table
Still, there is enough time left as Qualifications end on 25 May. One of These five will definitely make it to Olympic but for more than one judoka in Olympics Indian need to fire up in the upcoming tournament and do something really big. Our eyes will be on upcoming tournament as we will hope for at-least one direct Judo Olympics Qualification.
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