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USA Judo selects Spokane to host 2018 Junior Olympics

SPOKANE, Wash. - For the second consecutive year, USA Judo has selected Spokane to host the 2018 Olympics.

According to the Spokane Sports Commissions, much of the success of the 2017 USA Judo Junior Olympics was due to the strong involvement from our local judo community. Pacific Judo Academy, Washington State Judo, and Northwest Judo Yudanshakai worked together to volunteer, organize, and promote the event.

“It’s an honor to be selected to host back to back years of such a prestigious USA Judo event,” says Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports Commission President and CEO. “While we were expecting 800 athletes to attend the USA Judo Junior Olympics last June, we ended up with 963 athletes competing in Spokane. Some of our international competitors came from as far away as Singapore, Uganda and Germany. We are anticipating another great turnout for 2018.”

The 2018 USA Judo National and International Junior Olympic Championships will be held June 22-24, at the Spokane Convention Center. It’s estimated, 1,100 athletes will attend, with a strong international presence. The economic impact of the 2017 Junior Olympics was nearly $1.5 million, it’s expected 2018 will generate $1.7 million as competitors and their families eat, stay and play in Spokane.