The EUROPEAN JUDO UNION used the two-day break between the Grand Prix and the Cadets World Championships in Zagreb for a Bureau meeting. President László TOTH, Senior Vice President Otto KNEITINGER, the Vice Presidents Hrvoje LINDI and Sergei ASCHWANDEN as well as Secretary General Martin POIGER and General Treasurer Envic Galea discussed a number of topics and jointly set the priorities for the upcoming months. Executive Committee member and Head Sport Director Catarina RODRIGUES also attended the meeting. Martin Poiger: “Preparations for the 2023 European Championships in Montpellier, the Champions League in Belgrade and the Open European Championships Pristina are all in full swing, and at the same time we are working on the final budget for next year. The calendar for next year promises a number of highlights, first and foremost the European Championship 2024 in Zagreb.”
The most important facts and figures:
- The EJU tournament calendar 2024 was officially confirmed on 11 August and sent to the member associations. The absolute highlight from the EJU’s point of view is next year’s European Seniors Championships in ZAGREB (CRO/25 – 28.4.) – a strong field of participants can be expected in the last Olympic qualification phase. Further highlights are: 27 – 30.6: European Cadet Championships in SAMOKOV (BUL), 27.7 – 3.8: European Junior Championships in TALLINN (EST), 15 – 17.11: European Under-23 Championships in PIL (POL). The Veteran European Championships will be held in Bosnia & Hercegovina. The organisers for the European Championships for small states and Kata European Championships are still open and organisers for the Kata and Veterans Tour are still being sought.
- Regarding the planned under-15 tournament series, the feedback from the national member federations was summarised and discussed. Now it is time to work out a detailed concept for the step-by-step implementation.
- An adaptive judo test event in the Netherlands – called EJU Get Together in Venray – will be held in mid-November (including various workshops). 250 participants are expected. In the medium term, the number of participants is supposed to raise to 500.
- As last year, there will be a two-day-workshop for national federations before the EJU Congress 2023 in Belgrade on the 8th of December, offering all members an intensive exchange on various relevant topics such as marketing, education and administration. For IT and broadcasting matters a seminar is planned in Vienna (10 – 12 October).
- Since November 2022, a total of 10.6 million views have been recorded on Judo TV – that gives an average of 300,000 views per tournament.
- On the EJU social media channels, an impressive 71 million page impressions have been recorded. The current number of followers is 410,000 – this corresponds to an increase of 395 percent!
Author: EJU Media