My name is Nefeli Papadakis and I am 20 years old. I have trained in judo since I was four, and now find myself competing at the highest levels of the sport. I have been ranked #1 in my -78kilo weight class in the United States for both the junior (under 21yrs old) and senior US roster for the past two years running. With my recent competition activity on 3/29 at the Grand Prix at Tbillisi, Georgia I was able to increase my rank by two positions. I’m very close to reaching qualification level but i must continue to complete to retain it.

I have been traveling to compete and earn points in an effort to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and am now ranked #48 in the world for the Senior -78kilo division. I’m only two spots away from directly qualifying for these next olympic games. In order to move up on the qualification roster and accumulate points, I need to compete internationally several times this year, and I could really use the communities’ help! These trips become very costly, and are paid 100% out of pocket, as the national governing body, USA Judo, provides me with no funding for any of these trips.

Any donations would be extremely helpful as these self-funded trips become very expensive and add up quickly. Please support me in my journey, and help me climb my way up to the podium in becoming the best in the world!

I will be traveling to 15 different tournaments around the world throughout the 2019 season, and it is crucial I make it to as many of these Olympic qualifying events as I can in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. I will definitely need as much financial support as I can get, because of the importance of making it to all these tournaments this year. Listed below are all the tournaments I plan to attend:

01-24 Grand Prix - Telaviv, Israel

02-09 Grand Slam - Paris, France

03-08 Grand Prix - Marrakesh, Morocco

03-29 Grand Prix - Tbillisi, Georgia

04-05 Grand Prix - Antalya, Turkey

04-27 Pan-American Continental Championships Lima Peru

Grand Slam - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

05-10 Grand Slam - Baku, Azerbajan

07-05 Grand Prix - Montreal, Canada

07-12 Grand Prix - Budapest, Hungary

07-26 Grand Prix - Zagreb, Croatia

09-21 Continental Open - Perth, Australia

10-25 Senior World Championships - Osaka, Japan

11-08 Grand Prix - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

11-15 Grand Prix - The Hague, Netherlands

11-22 Grand Slam - Osaka, Japan


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