The 1st Kazakhstan Blind Judo Grand Prix came to an end yesterday in Atyrau Town after four successful days of training and conmpetition.
The Grand Prix brought together representatives from six countries - Russia, USA, South Korea, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and hosts Kazakhstan - who had been invited to take part.
In addition, local dignitaries and IBSA delegates were invited to attend as special guests of the organisers, the National Paralympic Committee of Kazakhstan.
An IBSA sports director for para judo, Mr Brian Gisick, together with Mr Kenichi Shoshida, an Asian & Oceanian Referee Commissioner, were impressed by the high level of the tournament organization and an excellent training of athletes.
Local Kazakhstani athletes Anuar Sariyev (-60kg) and Oleg Buranko (+100kg) both took gold. The local team won 8 medals in total.
Together with this sports event there was a joint training camp with a specialized master class by Mr Kenichi Shoshida, Asian & Oceanian Referee Commissioner, for all blind and partially sighted judo athletes.
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Caption: participants in the Kazahkstan Blind Judo Grand Prix pose for a group photograph.