Madeleine Malonga, in white, is favourite for the women's under-78kg division in Antalya ©Getty Images

An enormous slate of 525 athletes are set to compete at the International Judo Federation's (IJF) Antalya Grand Slam, beginning tomorrow.

It makes it the biggest event of the World Judo Tour so far this year following the legs in Almada, Paris and Tel Aviv which had 301, 285 and 298 competitors, respectively.

Japan currently has the most gold medals this year with nine, mainly down to a dominant performance in Paris which saw the team take seven out of 14 possible titles.

France's seven golds and South Korea's four in 2022 also make them contenders to top the medals table in Turkey, with 63 nations due to be represented in all.

There are five world number ones on the entry list in Antalya, with France's Madeleine Malonga leading the line.

The 28-year-old won team gold at Tokyo 2020 as well as individual silver in the women's under-78 kilograms category.

Malonga is also a past world champion, following victory in Tokyo in 2019, and double European gold medallist after Prague 2020 and Tel Aviv 2018.

Olympic bronze medallist and reigning world champion Matthias Casse is favourite for the men's under-81kg division.

The Belgian will be looking to carry over the fine form that saw him win gold in Tel Aviv last month.

"This is a World Judo Tour event not to be missed and with just three months remaining before the beginning of the 2024 Olympic qualification period, there will be important points on offer," said IJF President Marius Vizer.

"Turkey’s premier judo tournament of 2022 is again a Grand Slam!"

There are tournaments in fourteen weight classes scheduled for the event, with seven men's and seven women's divisions.

The hosts boast the largest delegation with 41 judoka, while Brazil and Kazakhstan follow behind with 24 and 23, respectively.