Judokas from 69 Countries to Attend Grand Prix Havana-2016

A total of 428 judokas from 69 countries will attend the second Grand Prix of Havana, from January 22 to 24, confirmed Rafael Manso, national commissioner of that sport.

Of that high figure, the highest representation of nations in a competition organized by Cuba in its history, 259 are men, Manso told reporters.

The contest will award 300 points to the winners, which is vital for several of the Cuban judokas in their quest to classify directly to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as it will guarantee 22 tickets to men and 14 for the ladies.

The Cuban teams will have their major figures in the 14 divisions, plus three others to reinforce including athletes with immediate perspective and young talents who will be able to fight against recognized Olympic and world leaders, said the official.

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