When Bitcoin and sports come together, you create an instant buzz that can lead to more mainstream adoption of this beloved digital currency. We have seen the same results for Dogecoin and Nascar racing, a relation that is still gaining a lot of attention to this day. bitLanders, a platform where users earn Bitcoin for creating and sharing visual content, sponsored the 2015 New York Open Judo Team Championship.
Bitcoin Donations For Every Ippon
Judo is a very popular sport, yet it remains a bit of a “niche”, similar to how people view Bitcoin. When you combine two niches, something unique can be created, which resulted in Bitcoin donations during the New York Open Judo Team Championship. While this may not seem that big of a deal at first glance, it sets a precedent for future sports events.
During the course of the 2015 New York Open Judo Team Championship, a total of 7 ippons were scored, resulting in US$700 worth of Bitcoin donations paid out by bitLanders. It is worth noting that these ippons were scored by various countries, as Cuba (3), France (2) and USA (2) split the extra prize money among their respective competitors.
It proved to be quite the trip for the Women’s Cuban team, as it was the first time they had traveled to the United States since the US announced easing restrictions on business and travel in Cuba. Being able to compete in this event and earning US$300 in additional prize money resulted in happy faces on the Women’s team, as well as their coach Ronaldo Veitia.
“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 honoured to sponsor and be part of this great and meaningful sport and humanistic event.”
- Francesco Rulli, bitLanders Founder
With over 1,000 people attending the 2014 New York Open Judo Team Championship – including celebrities such as Renzo Gracie, UFC Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling, and UFC Middleweight Eddie “Truck” Gordo – bitLanders made an impression on judo and mixed martial arts fans in a positive way.
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