We raved of the high standard of the European Open in Oberwart last week, but Riccione in Italy is welcoming yet more athletes and top ranked at that, as we approach Tashkent.

Many will be delighted to see top personality and double world champion, Jorge FONSECA (POR) leading the entries and competing in the -100kg category following his guest appearance in the +100kg in Coimbra.

Azerbaijan are sending a star-studded team, as are the Dutch delegation. Even an extra addition, current -90kg European champion Luka MAISURADZE (GEO) will be in Italy. He was unable to compete in Portugal due to a number of cancelled flights but he was still in need of world championship preparation.

Luka MAISURADZE (GEO) © Gabi Juan

Brazil is a major threat this weekend, with top team operating including Guilherme SCHIMIDT. The 21 year-old, despite having a Grand Prix final result in 2021, really made an impact this year by taking two grand slam golds defeating the likes of Matthias CASSE (BEL), Vedat ALBAYRAK (TUR) and Saeid MOLLAEI (AZE).

The live draw will take place today at 20:00 local time with elimination rounds currently programmed for 08:00 on both competition days. Visit eju.net for all the action this weekend.

Author: Thea Cowen