On December 2-3, 2017, the Grand Slam Tokyo 2017 was held in Tokyo. The Tokyo Grand Slam is part of the International Judo Federation Grand Slam series and final Grand Slam of the season annually organized in Japan – homeland of judo, where the world's elite judokas participate. In the Grand Slam Tokyo, 412 judokas from 60 countries participated.
The Republic of Tajikistan was represented by Akmal Murodov (-81 kg.), Komronshokh Ustopiriyon (-90 kg.) and Saidjalol Saidov (-100 kg.). Despite the defeat at the tournament, Tajik judokas showed good competition and left pleasant impressions for the fans.
Famous judoka of the country Komronshoh Ustopiriyon during the first round against judoka from Israel instead of contest period of 4 minutes competed almost 15 minutes and courageously won. However, he became very exhausted during the long match and in the second round with Japanese judoka got injury, and could not continue the tournament.
As a the part of the constructive policy, persistent support of the Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan His Excellency Emomali Rahmon full assistance was rendered to the athlete of the country to carry out initial medical examination and primary care.
Athletes of the country also got opportunity to participate in training session at Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo.
It is worth mentioning, that at Tokyo Grand Slam representative of the Republic of Tajikistan internationally certified referee IJF-A Ramzi Shamirov was referee for men’s judo -100 kg final contest. He is the youngest referee among the IJF-A referees. Ramzi Shamirov demonstrated the high level of the art of refereeing, thus bringing pride to our country