HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 1 (ACN) Cuban Orlando Polanco, in the 66 kilograms (kg), will debut today in the first day of the Grand Slam of Antalya, Turkey, in search of points for the Olympic ranking for the Tokyo 2020 Games, postponed to next summer.
Polanco will be in pool A along with 43 competitors of the same division, and his first opponent will be Diogo Cesar, from Guinea.
Thursday will see combats in the 48, 52, 57 and 60 kg divisions, in which Cuba is not represented.
Cuban Magdiel Estrada (73 kg) will face the Belgian Jerben Casse on Friday, whereas two of our athletes, Ivan Silva (90 kg) and Andy Granda (+100 kg), will see action on Saturday, the last day of the competition. The latter won the bronze medal and 500 points for the world ranking in the Grand Slam of Tbilisi, Georgia. As to Silva, it will be his first appearance after suffering from a common cold that kept him away from the tatami, considering that several judoka tested positive to COVID-19 in the days leading up to the tournament.
That was the reason for the absence of Cuban female team members, who are still in Georgia with their coaches awaiting the results of their PCR tests.
Cuba has six judoka in the Olympic qualification zone, with Silva (4th in the world ranking) as the best placed among the men. Among the women, Idalis Ortiz leads the world’s +78 kg division.
A total of 440 judoka—269 men and 171 women—will compete in the Antalya Grand Slam 2021.