In an unprecedented winner-takes-all bout on Sunday, world champions previous and current will combat for the ultimate place on Japan’s Olympic staff within the males’s -66kg.
Arising on Sunday (13 December) is a primary within the lengthy historical past of Japanese judo.
Tokyo’s Kodokan Institute, the mecca of world judo, will see reigning world champion Maruyama Joshiro and former two-time champion Abe Hifumi lock horns in a one-off conflict for the final spot on Japan’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic staff within the males’s -66kg class.
Maruyama has had a minuscule edge over Abe previously with 4 wins from seven profession conferences, six of which went into additional time.
The match is simply too near name and being billed like a heavyweight boxing bout in Japan resulting from its distinctive winner-takes-all significance.
In an announcement issued by the All Japan Judo Federation, Maruyama stated, “I’m greater than conscious of the eye this match is getting.
“I do know there are various folks, particularly within the medical group, struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and realise they suppose that is no time for sports activities.