The 70th Ordinary Congress of the European Judo Union was held on the first day of winter with 37 countries being represented in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Congress was the occasion for the 70th Anniversary of the European Judo. Among the EJU Honorary Guests there were: IJF General Secretary and EJU Honorary Member Mr Jean-Luc Rougé, members of EJU President’s Advisory Board Mr. Mikhail Cherkasov and Mr Almaz Alsenov, EJU Diamond Suppliers Mr Otto Kneitinger (Director of Ippon Shop) and Mr Jahangir Riaz (President of GreenHill), USPE President Mr Luc Smeyers, EJU Lawyer Mr Sergey Byakevich, Head of EJU Military & Police Commission Mr Vladimir Gazizov.
At the beginning of the Congress a minute of silence was pronounced in memory of EJU Honorary Member Mr Mieczysław Bigoszewski who passed away in September this year. The participants and guests stood up to commemorate their colleague and friend, a devoted promoter of the Judo values & benefits for young people in Poland and Europe.
NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENTS
EJU President Sergey Soloveychik began by welcoming the delegates and special guests followed by presenting eight newly elected presidents of member states.
Giorgi ATABEGASHVILI (GEO)
Denise BAETEN (BEL)
Ioannis KAFENTARAKIS (GRE)
Zeglul REXHEPI (MKD)
Serge SCHAUL (LUX)
Joergen HILLESTAD (NOR)
Rumen STOILOV (BUL)
Søren STUDSGAARD (DEN)
Mr Soloveychik congratulated everyone with the 70th Anniversary of European Judo:
“It all started in London when three national federations and one observing federation decided to form the governing continental Union and established the first Constitution of EJU. Today we are 51 federations united by EJU Statute and in our wish to remain the leading judo continent, to develop judo for all ages all over Europe in accordance with the IJF Statutes and Olympic Charter.”
Mr Soloveychik named all EJU federations that form the European calendar in Sport, Education, Administration events. He extended his gratitude to the EJU Partners: International Judo Fund, Ippon Technologies, Fox Fly Film and to EJU Suppliers: Greenhill, IpponShop, MyBacknumber.com, NORIS, Judo Fashion, Danrho, DaeDo, adidas, Kappa, Fighting Films, Mizuno, Matsuru and to the Austrian Sport Ministry for the continuous support of the EJU Head Office in Vienna.
The special gratitude was expressed to the IJF and its President Mr Marius Vizer for the successful partnership with the EJU.
He thanked also his team – the EJU EC members, their assistants, offices and all commissioners for the dedicated work and a great cooperation for the benefits of European judo federations.
The EJU Vice Presidents provided interactive presentations on ongoing EJU events and projects and the EJU General Treasurer Dr Toth Laszlo commented on financial matters and future rates.
General Secretary Ezio Gamba
Vice President Michal Vachun responsible for Sport
General Treasurer Toth László
Refereeing Director Alexandr Jatskevitch
Vice President Jane Bridge responsible for Education
Vice President Hans Paul Kutschera responsible for Marketing & Media
After the congress the President of European Judo Union, Sergey Soloveychik summerizes:
“We are here in Kaunas to hold both the Ordinary Congress and to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the European Judo Union. It is a good period for our Union. For me it is truly an honour to be the leader of such a successful continental union. We have the largest calendar, great champions and exceptional national presidents. I am very proud of this. I would like to thank the Lithuanian Judo Federation for the warm hospitality and their highly competent organisation.
After the congress all delegates were invited to the workshop – judo – more than sport. Vice President Jane Bridge explained the idea:
„We started this project because during the congress there isn’t enough time for detailed discussions. This workshop was an interaction and participation session where representatives of national federations could exchange ideas and projects. I got very good feedback and next year we will continue with this workshop.”
The Chief Executive of the British Judo Association Andrew Scoular presented the school project of the BJA and said after the workshop:
“It was a useful session to be able to interact with members of other federations and to get some good new ideas. It was very interesting to hear what other federations are doing and I think we can take some of those ideas.”
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