For reasons of prudence and safety, Judo competitions and almost all sports were interrupted with the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This doesn’t mean, however, that it is impossible to hold a tournament online. That is how the Veterans Association of Brazil, held in recent weeks, the Functional Veterans Open.

The competition was held online. Each athlete was in front of his computer, whether at home or alone in a gym. Each performed a functional circuit of techniques, that was analysed by a team of referees – who, also online, followed every detail and defined the winners of each match.

With groups and opponents decided by a draw, just like in tournaments, the online competition would advance on until reaching the final and finally a champion. The athletes would receive the series of techniques the day before the confrontation and had to perform between 3 to 4 minutes (depending on age) divided by rounds. Whoever made the most quality moves would win. It should be noted that the competition was held over several days.

“A great success! We had about 220 athletes and 23 Brazilian states participating. It was an opportunity and risk that we took, to take people out of idleness, and it worked very well. Everyone had to move and train to participate, everyone showed commitment to win. It was great to see the competition between states, the will to win, the adrenaline ”, pointed out Cristian Cezário, national coordinator of veterans at CBJ.

Jorge Biasio, president of the Rio de Janeiro Veterans Association, thanked the support of the Brazilian Judo Confederation: “The event, which included representatives from almost all Brazilian states, was held with the support of CBJ, which supplied the referees. I’d like to mainly thank Professor Jucinei Costa for the support he has been giving us throughout this process. Rio de Janeiro played a key role in this competition. I congratulate all our athletes who participated: Rio does not runaway from a fight ”.