Judo Athletes from Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and the Philippines Qualify for Paris Olympics

Numerous judo athletes from Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and the Philippines have qualified to compete at the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.

In Hong Kong, judoka Veronica Wong secured a spot in the women's -48kg category. This will be the 3rd time a Hong Kong judo athlete has competed at the Olympics, and Wong expressed her excitement, saying "I'm so excited and looking forward to my first Olympics. I feel very confident, and having my younger sibling train with me in Paris has given me a greater sense of security and confidence. They are always there to encourage me when I'm feeling tired." Wong sees this as an important milestone, noting "Going to the Olympics proves to the next generation that the Olympic stage is within reach. If those before us could do it, the next generation can have the confidence to surpass us."

Filipino-Japanese judoka Shuho Watanabe also qualified for the women's -63kg event. Watanabe previously represented the Philippines at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and has now secured one of the continental quota spots allocated to the Asia region, giving them another chance to compete for the Philippines.

Chinese Taipei will be sending three judo athletes to the Paris Olympics - Yang Yung-wei in men's -60kg, Lin Chen-hao in women's -48kg, and Lien Zhen-ling in women's -57kg. Yang, who won silver in -60kg at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is currently ranked world #1 in that category and will be seeded 1st at the Paris Games. He stated "My goal is very clear - to approach each match with a calm mindset, be fully prepared for any scenario, and compete with my best self as the challenger."