In a time where most Jiu-Jitsu practitioners are self-isolating due to their gyms closing because of the Coronavirus, the IBJJF adds more salt to the already wounded community. Worlds is postponed.
This the announcement comes a lot faster than their anticipated Pan Ams cancellation, which was a mere week before the competition started. Unfortunately with this competition being postponed just increases the feeling of uncertainty of when life will go back to normal and when we’ll see regular training back on the mats.
In a statement released on Social Media, the IBJJF said:
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to hold the World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship during the scheduled dates. We continue to monitor the developing situation and will be rescheduling the tournament for a later date once it has been determined that is safe to return to normal activities. The ranking season and point requirements for the Adult Black Belt division will be re-evaluated and adjusted accordingly once we are able to open registration for the rescheduled date. We will be posting further information to the event page as soon as we have any updates.
If things are back to normal by August, which is looking more unclear as the days roll by, Athletes would still be required to have points on their record to compete in the championship. Due to these restraints and challenges, we could see the competitive Jiu-Jitsu world being put on hold for a year.