NEW YORK, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- bitLanders was again this year a proud sponsor of the 2015 New York Open Judo Team Championship hosted at the New York Athletic Club. A crowd estimated at 1,000 people attended the event, including several MMA personalities like legendary coach and fighter Renzo Gracie, WSOF champion David Branch, UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling, and Eddie 'Truck" Gordon, UFC middleweight and winner of the Ultimate Fighter 19.
The US Women's team defeated both teams France and Cuba, while the French team in the Men's division won for the 3rd consecutive year.
bitLanders awarded a prize money in Bitcoin for the equivalent of $100 for every Ippon (Judo knock-out) scored in the Women's Team competition. Kayla Harrison and Marti Malloy (USA), Yalennis Castillo, Dayaris Mestre Álvarez and Olga Masferrer (Cuba), Clarisse Agbegnenou and Aurelia Issoumaila (France) were all rewarded for scoring an Ippon.
New York Open veteran Vincent Massimino from Team France was named the Most Valuable Player.
The Women's Cuban team was traveling to the US for the first time since the recent announcement by the United States of new regulations easing restrictions on travel and business with Cuba. They were coached by international Judo legend Ronaldo Veitia.
Reflecting on the event, bitLanders Founder Francesco Rulli stated: "It was an absolute success. Over 1,000 people attended the event and thousands more were able to follow it real time via social media, making this the most popular Judo event of the year. Kayla Harrison and Marti Malloy demonstrated their talent and fair play along with Olympic and World medalists from Cuba and France. Five out of 15 female athletes were World and Olympic medalists. Those five athletes were honored by Roya Mahboob, 2013 Time 100, with the 'SuperHero Award,' as role models to young women all over the world. I was honored to sponsor and be part of this great meaningful sport and humanistic event."
bitLanders.com is a digital platform whose user base earns Bitcoin for creating, engaging and sharing visual content. Designed in Italy and developed in New York City, bitLanders counts over 500,000 users with 180 million fans and friends. bitLanders ranks content creators based on their BuzzScore, a proprietary algorithm that measures their engagement, content quality, reach and influence. The currency of bitLanders is Bitcoin. bitLanders was launched in 2014 by MTI USA Inc., the original holding company started in 1995 by Francesco and Tommaso Rulli.