31 May 2022


European Judo Championships Veterans Heraklion 2022


It is finally the week of the Veteran European Judo Championships 2022. The four-day event will begin on Thursday 2nd of June, with three days of individual competition and concluding with the exciting team event.

EJU President, Otto KNEITINGER is pleased to welcome those attending in Greece this week,

On behalf of the European Judo Union I am delighted to welcome you all to Heraklion, Greece for these European Championships for Veterans.

The EJU is pleased to have seen the steady growth in recent years in the number of participants. Of course, the on-going pandemic has provided all of us, participants, and organizers alike, with several challenges. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the National Judo Federation of Greece for its tremendous efforts to ensure the staging of this important event.

I also want to wish all participants the very best of luck as well as an enjoyable stay in Greece

It is of course known how difficult it has been to get back on track since the pandemic break, however the commitment of the national federations has been nothing short of incredible and realises our dream of the union of this judo community. This is a top event for the Hellenic Judo Federation to host and they have gone to extreme lengths to ensure that those arriving on the Heraklion shores will have a memorable event.

President of the HJF, Dimitrios MICHAILIDIS had little doubt that this will be a week for everyone to remember on the historic and idyllic island of Crete.

Heraklion is a city known for its hospitality, traditions has rich history and a very pleasant weather. During this event all participants will have a glimpse at what is the great city this is and taste the special flavors of the Crete island. It is such an honor to have great Veteran athletes for this event and watch them in action. This event is more than a sports event it is a festival of sport and I am looking forward to have all participants experience that.

I want to thank EJU for the trust they have shown to HJF and we have the opportunity to host this great Championships.

Unlike the standard competition, there will be a technical draw on each evening prior to competition at 19:00 and the preliminaries are currently scheduled for 09:30 each day.

We hope you will join us in celebrating these European Championships in Greece.

Author: Thea Cowen