Pakistan’s Japan based Judokas Shah Hussain and Amina Toyoda will take on their respective opponents on Friday at the Osaka Grand Slam taking place at the Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka, Japan. “The event which also serves as 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers provides a perfect chance to our judokas to accumulate maximum points for the quadrennial event,” Pakistan Judo Federation vice president Masood Ahmed told APP on Thursday. Shah who has already earned a spot in the coveted event will be vying in -100 kg division while Amina will fight in women -57 kg division. Around 486 competitors – 280 men and 206 women judokas from 87 countries will be seen in action in the three-day event Masood said Shah’s inaugural bout will be against De Windt (World No 183) of Curacao while Amina will face Leilani Akiyama (World No 55) of USA. Shah has already qualified for the Olympics on Asia’s continental quota following his remarkable performance in -100kg division in the recently-held Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam where he finished at the fifth position.
The latest ranking list released by International Judo Federation (IJF) shows Shah at the 44th position in Olympic qualifying ranking with 746 points.
The judo Olympic qualifying period, which commenced in May 2018 will end in May, next year. Various international judo events contribute towards accumulation of ranking points and top athletes will be selected in May 2020. Shah just needs to maintain his position till the end of qualification period (May 20, 2020).