Coach Maarten Arens from the Netherlands judoploeg to see the fifa world cup this month in Tokyo as a good preparation for the Olympic Games a year later. He hopes that he will, in any case, two players on the stage of the show in the Japanese capital.
“The world cup is a very important moment in time for the olympic qualification. We will be there in regards to that, and it’s also a great test for the Olympics next year,” said Arens on Wednesday during a press conference at Papendal.
“It’s very special to be at the Budokan (the capital city of Tokyo where Anton Geesink at the 1964 olympic champion, ed.). to practice judo. It is, however, a little bit of the holy land. To get there, take action, and as a coach, it’s fantastic.”
The netherlands finished the world CHAMPIONSHIPS last year in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, on the three medals. Mark Steenhuis and Marhinde Verkerk won respectively a silver and a bronze medal in the weight category up to 78 kg, and Juul Franssen picked up a bronze medal in the category up to 63 kg.
“We set up a target at the same level as the previous year, and then I hoped for two medals,” said Arens. “We hope that this time it is two or three times on the podium, just to finish.”
Mark Steenhuis picked up in last year’s world CHAMPIONSHIPS, and silver. (Photo: Getty Images)
The netherlands, for the past ten years without a world CHAMPIONSHIP gold
While Steenhuis last year of the silver paste in there, it’s been ten years since a Dutch opponent to the world champion crowned. The now-33-year-old Verkerk won in 2009, in her home town, Rotterdam, the gold in the category up to 78 kilograms.
In comparison with the world cup selection last year as Kim Polling again. The four-time European champion (-70 kg) had to be in the world cup in 2018, to let go, because she is recovering from a herniated disc. The Talent of Simeon, Catherine (21), it is because of his recent performance in the weight category up to 100 kg, also in the selection is reached.
With the world cup in judo, which is a part of the qualification for the Olympic Games in 2020, which will begin on Sunday, August 25, and it will be exactly a week later, and ended up with the teamwedstrijden (mixed). The draw will be on Saturday, August 24, done.
The Dutch selection: Sanne Verhagen (-57 kg), Juul Franssen, Sanne Vermeer (-63 kg), Sanne van Dijke, Kim Polling (-70 kg.), Mark Steenhuis, Marhinde Verkerk (-78 kg), Tessie Savelkouls (+78 kg), Tornike Tsjkadoea (-60 kg), Frank White (-81 kg), Noël van ’t End, Jesper Smink (-90 kg), Simeon, Catherine, and Michael Grit, (-100 kg), and Henk Grol, Roy Meyer, (+100 kg)..