The Judo World Championship 2017 started in the Moroccan city of Marrakech featuring 58 judokas, including 40 men and 18 women, from 28 countries and regions.
The two-day tournament, which began on Saturday, has been organized for the first time in an African country, reports Xinhua news agency.
The championship also represents a new chapter for prize money in judo.
A record amount of prize money will be on the table.
Gold medallists will earn a record 100,000 Euro ($116,640) with silver medallists scooping 50,000 Euro ($58,320) and bronze medallists taking home 25,000 Euro ($29,160).
The prize money continues beyond the medallists as judoka who finish fifth will earn 10,000 Euro ($11,660).
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