Uzbek judokas to compete for Tokyo 2020 points at the IBSA Judo Asian and Oceanian Championships
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Uzbekistan's athletes will start their participation at the event in the Kazakh city begins today and will see judoka battling for ranking points as they bid to reach the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

There will be particular interest in the men's under-60 kilograms division at Atyrau Sports Hall, where Kazakhstan's reigning world champion Olzhas Orazalyuly will aim for victory on home soil.

He will be challenged, however, by Uzbekistan's Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Sherzod Namozov who has won every Asian/Oceanian event since 2014.

In the men's under-100kg, Iranian world champion Mohammadreza Kheirollahzadeh and South Korea's Rio 2016 winner Gwan Geun Choi are both entered.

Women's action will include China's world over-70kg champion Hongyu Wang and her compatriot at the other end of the weight spectrum – Paralympic gold medallist Li Liqing at under-48kg.

Uzbekistan's squad

Men's:
-60 kg: Sherzod Namozov, -73 kg: Feruz Saidov, -81 kg: Davurkhon Karomatov, -90 kg: Shuhrat Boboev, -100 kg: Sharif Halilov, +100 kg: Shirin Sharipov.

Women's:
-48 kg: Lobar Khurramova, -52 kg: Sevinch Salayeva, -57 kg: Parvina Samandarova, -63 kg: Nafisa Sheripbaeva, -70 kg: Vasila Aliboeva.

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