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The 26th editions of the Olympic Training Centre in Mittersill is in full force. Better to stay inside as outside it’s a snowy situation. It’s seemingly carless, as you cannot discover cars deep under the snow. But the Austrian village close to Salzburg is the traditionally host of the top judoka around the world for the opening of the season and a bit of snow is just pleasure.
The Training camp delivers great competition and most athletes have yet arrived in Austria after sometimes long delays at airports and at the roads.
In Oberpinzgau, a new participant record is expected at the training camp which takes until 15 January. More than 1,000 Judoka from all continents have registered for the season preparation including some of the World Champions like Clarisse Agbegnenou, Daria Bilodid and Nikoloz Sherazadishvili.
The judo elite is preparing for the World Tour season starting with the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv 24-26 January in Israel. The European opening will be the European Open in Lisbon and Sofia 2-3 February.