Tashkent 2022: Can Lasha Bekauri do it?
Lasha Bekauri took his time to get back into competition after he won the -90kg gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. And when he did return, earlier this month, it was not in a Grand Slam or Grand Prix but a relatively smaller European Open, which he won handily.
The natural question is whether just that one competition is enough preparation for the World Championships.
For sure, he will have a lot of challengers. Among them is his compatriot Luka Maisuradze, the reigning European Champion.
Other top players that will try to get in his way are Mammadali Mehdiyev (AZE), Ivan Felipe Silva Morales (CUB), Komronshokh Ustopiriyon (TJK), Noel Van T End (NED), Nemanja Majdov (SRB), Krisztian Toth (HUN), Christian Parlati (ITA) and of course, his Olympic final opponent, Eduard Trippel (GER).
This category is a toss-up with many top players in play but the lead contender probably is Bekauri.