21 March 2024


Samorin Cadet European Cup 2024


Over 550 judoka from 21 nations will be competing in Samorin, Slovakia this weekend for yet another edition of cadet European Cup 2024. The city is a regular host of an annual Olympic Training Camp (OTC); however, it is the first time they organise an actual tournament. The competition will be held at the Oktagon Gym.

In blue, Ivano DJINKIC (BIH). © IJF

Two cadet world rank leaders, Hili ZAKROISKY (ISR/-57kg) and Ivano DJINKIC (BIH/-81kg) will seek to continue to dominate within their respected weight divisions. For the latter it will be slightly more testing as Rassul MUKHUM (KAZ/#5) and Derek MARCZAK (POL/#7) are ranked within the top eight, indicating they are at matching calibre. The -70kg category will see, 16-year-old, yet already U23 European silver medallist, Anna OLIINYK-KORNIIKO (UKR/#4) in action. Her closest match up, on paper, is Nadie JAAFAR (BUL/#6). Poland’s highest ranked player, Jakub KUROWSKI (-60kg/#3) kickstarted the year winning the Fuengirola Cadet European Cup and surely looks to double in golds. Alexandru DINCA (-90kg/#5) is Romania’s best bet for a medal. Remaining world rank top eight European judoka are Bodgan VELICKOVIC (SRB/-73kg), Ivan MILICEVIC (BIH/-90kg) and Arkadii SAMOILOV (UKR/-90kg).

Patricia TOMANKOVA (SVK). © Carlos Ferreira

The host nation has a real star to showcase for their audience with cadet European, world and EYOF ’23 winner, Patricia TOMANKOVA (-44kg/#4). EYOF ’23 bronze medallists, Nina FILKOROVA (+70kg) and Lili Kristina KRIZOVA (-48kg) will be at interest for the crowd too. Gyor Cadet European Cup 2023 bronze medallist, Juraj ODKLADAL (SVK) is heading onto the field of play in the -66kg category as number two seed. The Slovakian team has a great number of entry which ups the chance for potential surprises. A three-day training camp will follow the event.


Attention: The schedule may be modified according to total number of entries and circumstances of competition. *The start time will be confirmed once the final number of athletes is known.  

Author: Szandra Szogedi