Frank de Wit

Frank de Wit is a highly talented judoka of the Dutch national team. Despite being only 21 years of age, he already won one of the biggest judo tournaments in the world. In February of this year he won the Grand Slam in Paris in the men’s 81 kg event. Among judoka this is a very prestigious title.

Frank de Wit is highly regarded judoka among Dutch judo insiders, but above all he wants to enjoy the tournament in his home country. “I have never experienced an international judo tournament in The Netherlands. I am really looking forward to it! I want to show the Dutch fans how cool judo is and ultimately also perform well myself. If I can accomplish this, it will be a fantastic tournament!”

Kim Polling

Kim Polling was the women to beat in the women’s 70 kg. Between 2013 and 2017 she spent four years atop the world ranking in her weight class. During this period, she won multiple tournaments and became the European champion three times in succession. Despite her success, she remains highly ambitious: “There are still a lot of titles that I want to add to my list!”

In November, she is back on Dutch soil where she hopes to shine during The Hague Grand Prix. She wants to throw as many of her opponents as possible on their back with spectacular throws. Kim: “I am very pleased that another international event will be held in the Netherlands. I am looking forward to fight my matches in front of all the Dutch judo fans!”

Marhinde Verkerk

Marhinde Verkerk has been one of the world’s best judoka for years. In her weight class (women’s 78 kg) she has won multiple titles and has been a Dutch, European and World Champion. The world title, achieved in her home city of Rotterdam, is currently the highlight of her rich judo career. Marhinde: “It was a day that everything went right. I will never forget that day in 2009.”

The fact that she can fight against the best judoka in the world in front of her home crowd at The Hague Grand Prix, is also special for her. Marhinde: “I am happy that the Grand Prix is back in the Netherlands. I hope to be standing on the highest step of the podium just like in 2009.”

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