bitLanders to be a Sponsor of the 2015 New York Open Judo Team Championship and Award the bitLanders Bitcoin Judo Cup


NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- bitLanders will once again be a proud sponsor of the New York Open Judo Team Championship on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The New York Athletic Club will host the event.

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The teams in the Judo Tournament will include some of the strongest players in the world, featuring male and female World Champions and Olympians from the US, France and Germany. It will be the first international sporting event held in the US involving Cuban athletes since the recent announcement by the United States of new regulations easing restrictions on travel, business and remittances with Cuba. Cuba's Women's Judo Team will include 2012 Olympian Dayaris Mestre Alvarez, 2012 Olympic Silver MedalistYanet Bermoy Acosta, 2014 Cuba National Champion Olga Masferrer, Aliuska Ojeda, and Yalennis Castillo. They will be facing a US team that includes Olympic champion Kayla Harrison and Olympic Bronze medalist Marti Malloy.

For the second time this year, the New York Open Judo will be the only international sports competition to reward its athletes in Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency. bitLanders will award the prize money in Bitcoin for the equivalent of$100 for every Ippon (Judo knock-out) scored in the Women's Team competition. The Most Valuable Player will also receive the bitLanders Bitcoin Judo Cup.

During the event, a selected group of Olympic Female Players will be awarded a Superhero Certificate by Ms. Roya Mahboob, 2013 Time 100 Most Influential People.

Francesco Rulli, Founder of bitLanders says: "Judo was my school in life, a great Olympic sport that can empower people to face hurdles and surpass any difficulty. This is why Female Olympic champions attending the NY Open are great inspiration for the Superhero project launched by Women's Annex Foundation."

The event will be presented to bitLanders audience of 500,000 registered users and their extended network of 125 million fans and friends, and distributed on and, two channels part of MTI USA Inc. network.

About bitLanders is a digital platform whose user base earns Bitcoin for creating, engaging and sharing visual content. Designed in Italyand developed in New York City, bitLanders counts over 500,000 users with 125 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.

About the New York Athletic Club  
Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club's founding premise was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement. The NYAC was voted the #1 Athletic Club in the US, the #1 Private Club in New York State and Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, 2013.

Jennifer Bourne  

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