Sally Conway will be one of the main British medal hopes in Baku ©Getty Images

British Judo have confirmed a 14-member team for the upcoming World Judo Championships in Baku with Sally Conway set to lead their challenge.

An initial seven athletes were named to the squad in June, with the full team for the event in Azerbaijan's capital city now announced after the second round of selections.

Olympic bronze medallist Conway will hope to maintain her impressive recent performances, which include a gold medal at the Paris Grand Slam, as well as European Championship silver.

Conway was confirmed in the initial selection for the International Judo Federation event, along with Nekoda Smythe-Davis, Natalie Powell, Alice Schlesinger, Gemma Howell, Sarah Adlington and Ashley McKenzie.

Conway will compete in the women's under-70 kilogram event in Baku, while Smythe-Davis and Powell will hope to improve on their 2017 World Championship bronze medals when they contest the 57kg and 78kg events.

Howell will represent Britain in the women's under-70kg event, while Adlington is due to compete in the over-78kg competition.

McKenzie will compete in the men's under-60 division, while Schlesinger is due to be one of Britain's representatives in the women's under-63kg event.

Schlesinger will be joined by Amy Livesey in the division, after she was among those named in the latest selection.

The latest selections also include Chelsie Giles and Jemima Yeats-Brown, who will compete in the under-52kg and 78kg events respectively.

Their selections mean Britain have filled a full quota of nine women's places at the World Championships.

Men's under-73kg competitor Danny Williams and under-81kg athlete Stuart McWatt have also been selected, while Max Stewart and Wesley Greenidge will contest the under and over 90kg events respectively.

Giles, Yeats-Brown, McWatt and Greenidge will be making their World Judo Championships debut in Baku.

Nekoda Smythe-Davis, left, will hope for a podium finish for the second consecutive year at the Championships ©Getty Images
Nekoda Smythe-Davis, left, will hope for a podium finish for the second consecutive year at the Championships ©Getty Images

"There's always a buzz whenever the World Championships come around," said Nigel Donohue, British Judo performance director.

"Last year we enjoyed great success with two bronze medals, our first podium finishes since 2010.

"There's real strength in depth in our women's team at the moment.

"The fact that we are filling all nine spaces for female judoka is very exciting.

"As is the fact that those nine athletes and our reserve athlete at under-63kg (Lubjana Piovesana) have a really strong performance record and are consistently performing at Grand Prix level and higher.

"Preparation has been good so far and we're confident that, with the calibre of athletes we've selected for Baku, if everyone performs to the best of their abilities then the results will come."

The Championships are set to take place from September 20 to 27.