The Netherlands has confirmed that they will send a maximum 28 strong team to the 2009 GB World Cup for men – 14 men and 14 women.
It will be the biggest team ever sent to a GB World Cup by the Netherlands, who stormed to success in Beijing, winning medals – bronze Edith Bosch (-70kg), and a silver medal won by Deborah Gravenstjin (63kg).
The GB World Cup will come three weeks after the 2009 World Championships taking place in Rotterdam from the 26th to 30th August. As hosts, the Netherlands, with home crowd advantage, will go in as medal favorites, having won four medals at the last World Championship in 2007, including a World title by Ruben Houkes.
If you want to catch the Netherlands, and the other 37 countries expected to compete, at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena on the 19th & 20th September, call the Ticket Factory on 0844 3388000. Tickets are priced £14 per adult per day and £6 per child/senior citizen per day.
Remember it is double the action this year. The first ever to feature both men and women, it will be the biggest ever held in Britain.
There will also be lots of action off the mat for spectators including the chance to meet Olympic gold medallist and three times World Champion Kosei Inoue – arguably the greatest judoka of the last 10 years. Inoue, a guest of honour at the tournament, will be conducting autograph signing sessions on both days on the concourse.
Saturday: Women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg & Men’s -60kg, -66kg, -73kg
Sunday: Women’s -70kg, -78kg, +78kg & Men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
photos Janos Schmidt