Israel sends 14 competitors to Judo world championships

The World Judo Championships get underway on Monday in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the Israel delegation including seven men and seven women and at least two medal hopefuls.

Shira Rishony (women’s under-48kg) and Tommy Arshanski (men’s under-60kg) will be the first Israelis to enter the fray in the opening day of action, with the national team’s best medal prospects to compete later in the week.

Rishony received a bye into the second round, but she will have to record a major upset to go any further, facing former world champion Haruna Asami of Japan in her first bout.


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