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Montréal, September 12, 2022 – The 2022-2023 season of the Giant Sherwood Ford Canadian Tour will kick off with the Manitoba Open in Winnipeg on October 14-16. It will be a major first-time event for Manitoba’s capital city, which will host the nation’s judo elite on the first of nine stops on the 2022-2023 Giant Sherwood Ford Canadian Tour, which will visit seven provinces.

The judokas who finish at the top of the circuit’s cumulative men’s and women’s rankings will each receive a $2,500 prize.

The organizers of the Manitoba event had been preparing to host Canada’s judo elite for a long time, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to put the project on hold.

“We’ve been working on this project for almost three years. The members of the organizing committee were disappointed when the events had to be cancelled. Although they understood why, it seemed to light an even brighter fire under them,” noted Milton Good, President of Judo Manitoba.

The national tournament, which is expected to draw between 200 and 300 participants, is a welcome development for the province.

“Until this year, we were the only province not hosting a tournament on this circuit. I think it will be good for Manitoba. It will put us on the map.”

“We’re very happy to be adding this stage. The new event will bolster the circuit, and it affirms the community’s interest in joining and contributing to the tour,” noted Nicolas Gill, Chief Executive Officer and High Performance Director of Judo Canada.

The Manitoba Open will take place at the Dakota Community Centre in Winnipeg. It will provide a great showcase for the sport of judo, according to Good.

“One of our goals is to promote the discipline of judo. People who play different sports will be at the Centre, and they’ll see what our sport is like.”

In Gill’s opinion, word of mouth will play a significant role in attracting an even greater number of participants to the 2023 edition.

“That’s our plan. By hosting a premier event, we’ll entice even more people to come back next year,” he concluded.

2022-2023 Canadian Judo Circuit Tournaments

October 14-16Manitoba OpenWinnipeg, Manitoba
November 5-6Quebec OpenMontréal, Quebec
November 12-13Ontario OpenToronto, Ontario
December 10-11Elite National ChampionshipsEdmonton, Alberta
January 21-22Saskatchewan OpenRegina, Saskatchewan
January 27-29Pacific InternationalAbbotsford, British Columbia
March 11-21Edmonton InternationalEdmonton, Alberta
April 22-23Eastern Canadian ChampionshipsEdmundston, New Brunswick
May 18-21Canadian Open ChampionshipsMontréal, Quebec

Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada

For more information:

Patrick Esparbès
Chief Operating Officer
Judo Canada
(514) 668-6279