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2024 Olympics: Will Japan's Judo Dominance Continue in Paris?

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The Olympics consistently captivate global sports fans, and the upcoming 2024 Games in Paris are no exception. Previously impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the last Olympics were held with significant adjustments, including no spectators. Despite these challenges, Japan excelled, particularly in judo, a sport where they have historically dominated since its Olympic inclusion in 1964.

This article delves into Japan’s formidable judo legacy and their aspirations for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Japan’s prowess in judo is well-documented, with a rich history of success that dates back to the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. Renowned for their technical expertise and high standards, Japanese judokas like Yasuhiro Yamashita and Tadahiro Nomura have become legendary figures, influencing generations. The 2021 World Judo Championships saw Japan continue this trend, claiming multiple gold medals and setting the stage for another strong Olympic performance.

The All Japan Judo Federation recently finalized their Olympic team, including Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Aaron Wolf. Alongside Wolf, notable athletes like Tadahiro Nomura, Uta Abe, and Shohei Ono are expected to lead the charge. Ono, in particular, is looking forward to the Games after his successes in previous Olympics and is enthusiastic about the cultural exchanges that come with competing internationally.

Japan’s judo athletes undergo a rigorous training regimen at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo. Their preparation emphasizes not only physical conditioning but also mental resilience. The training environment fosters a culture of excellence that is reflective of the nation’s dedication to the sport.

As the 2024 Olympics approach, Japan’s judo team is poised to once again showcase their dominance on the international stage. With a legacy of excellence and a team brimming with talent and determination, they are the favorites to continue their winning streak in Paris.

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