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2 Maltese Judoka qualify for the 2023 World Judo Championships

By April 5, 2023April 12th, 2023Judo Federation, Sport Disciplines
Since 2022, the International Judo Federation has put a limit on participation to the first 100 judoka in each category. Last year, none of the Maltese Judoka were anywhere close to participating. This year, not just one, but two Judoka qualified.
Isaac Bezzina, -100kgs Judoka, has earned his place way back in October, when he won his medal in the Oceania Judo Open in Perth, which had the same points as a Grand Prix. Another boost for Isaac were the recent medals in Tunis and Algeria African Opens. Isaac is currently in the 72nd place on the ranking list.
Katryna Esposito, -48kgs Judoka, has earned her place last weekend in Antalya, when she shot up 31 places, when she made it to the 1/16 round. She had already earned a good amount of points with her 2 bronze medals in Tunis and Algeria African Opens. She is currently in the 82nd place on the ranking list.
These 2 judoka will travel to Doha in the beginning of May, where they will represent Malta at the World Senior Championships.
This will be one of the last events before the team fights in Malta at the Games of the Small States of Europe to be held in Malta.
The Malta Judo Federation is very proud of the Judo Squad Members, under the leadership of Sensei Aurelian Fleisz, and all the volunteers and coaches who work with the team.
These results would not be possible without the support of the NDSF funds made available by the Government of Malta, and the support of the Maltese Olympic Committee.