This weekend a record was set in Astana. Since the introduction of the new categories in 2022, the number of athletes reached a milestone of over 400 judoka for para-judo.
After the Tokyo Paralympic Games, para-judo was completely restructured. Before then the former B1, B2 and B3 categories (from blind and almost blind to less visually impaired) were always combined in competition. As a result, the number of B1 and B2 athletes remained quite small as they were struggling against more sighted opponents.