Grand Slam - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

DRAW REVEALED ON SILK ROUTE STOP TASHKENT

The next stage of the IJF World Tour gets underway with the Tashkent Grand Slam beginning Friday 5 March. A total of 497 athletes (296 men, 201 women) will be hoping to take a step closer to their dream of Olympic qualification. The pre-competition draw has, as ever, thrown up…

4 March 2021

TASHKENT WELCOMES ATHLETES FOR THE NEXT STOP ON IJF TOUR

The draw is looming, athletes are waiting in anticipation to find out who they’ll have in the opening rounds of yet another successfully organised IJF event, this time in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  Looking to either better their ranking position or climb in to qualification, almost 500 world-class judoka are competing in…

4 March 2021

A TRIBUTE FOR LUIS TORRES

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former judo announcer and personality, Luis Fernando Gonzalo Torres.  A voice we all know and recognise, has unexpectedly left us, but will leave fond memories for staff, athletes and spectators alike.  Starting his career with the EJU over a…

1 March 2021

HEAD TO HEAD: MARIE EVE GAHIE VS MARGAUX PINOT

A real neck and neck has developed in the -70kg category, aside from the close Dutch situation. This time, the French women are centre stage.  At the time of writing about Sanne VAN DIJKE and Kim POLLING of the Netherlands, the former was in second position in the Olympic rankings…

1 March 2021

European Judo Open M&W - Prague, Czech Republic

KRPALEK DELIVERS IN PRAGUE

The weight of expectation was heavy. Current world champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) had been in this position before. Just three months ago, when the European Championships had been staged in Prague, Krpalek had missed out on a medal. The loss remains a matter of deep disappointment for him and a…

1 March 2021

European Judo Open M&W - Prague, Czech Republic

JUNIOR JARING ENJOYS FIRST SENIOR EUROPEAN OPEN

It is never easy when a youngster sets out to launch an international career. Of course, there are exceptions. But, it follows that success early on, tends to attract attention. 20-year old Emiel JARING (NED) will be attracting attention after his first appearance at a senior European Open that resulted…

28 February 2021

European Judo Open M&W - Prague, Czech Republic

CZECH REPUBLIC HOSTS 300 ATHLETES FOR EUROPEAN OPEN THIS WEEK

The capital of the Czech Republic has already welcomed the judo family once since lockdown for a successful European Championships in 2020. So we can confidently look forward to welcoming over 300 athletes for the Prague European Open this weekend between the 27th and 28th of February.  Though the IJF…

24 February 2021

SALLY CONWAY SIGNS OFF ON INCREDIBLE CAREER

Judo is more than a sport. Sally Conway of Great Britain couldn’t have put it any better. Yesterday, the European, World and Olympic medallist announced her retirement from competition which was met with countless well wishes and dedications to the -70kg athlete.  Sally has clearly made an impact on the…

23 February 2021

PAYING TRIBUTE TO EUROPEAN CHAMPION NICOLA TEMPESTA

Nicola Tempesta, who passed away at 85 years old, was considered an outstanding figure within Italian judo. He competed in the heavyweight division and in the Open Championships, where through European Championship competitions he had won nine medals. This includes two gold medals (1957 and 1961) together with ten Italian…

22 February 2021

HEAD TO HEAD: ZELYM KOTSOIEV VS ELMAR GASIMOV

Azerbaijan are a country with many great judoka, predominantly in the men’s categories, with some of the younger women on the rise on the international scene.  We are used to seeing a great battle in the -73kg category between friends Rustam ORUJOV and Hedat HEYDAROV but now we look to…

22 February 2021

Grand Slam - Tel Aviv, Israel

DICKO’S METEORIC RISE BRINGS ATTENTION TO SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHTS

The third and final day of competition at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam saw Romane DICKO (FRA) take the gold medal in the +78kg category. In a powerful and commanding display Dicko continued where she left off at the Doha Masters last month to pick up her second Grand Slam gold. …

21 February 2021

Grand Slam - Tel Aviv, Israel

TESTING TIMES FOR TRSTENJAK AS PREPARATION AND FINE TUNING CONTINUES

There is a famous expression that “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” That was certainly the case on day two of the Tel Aviv Grand Slam as all but one of the top seeds failed to take gold. That lone number one who managed to end the…

20 February 2021

Grand Slam - Tel Aviv, Israel

TOP SEEDS TAKE A TUMBLE IN TEL AVIV

Day one of the Tel Aviv Grand Slam saw European athletes take all five of the gold medals on offer and, whilst it was a good day for Europe, things did not by any means go the way that many had anticipated. Strikingly, not one of the number one seeds…

19 February 2021

European Judo Open M&W - Prague, Czech Republic

SITUATION IMPROVES FOR ARRIVALS AHEAD OF THE PRAGUE EUROPEAN OPEN

Despite the lengths both the IJF and EJU along with their partnering national federations have gone to in order to ensure the safety of the athletes during the pandemic, in the past there has been some doubt. However, these feelings are slowly disappearing.  Athletes from around the world are currently…

18 February 2021

EUROPE SENDS 15 REFEREES TO OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES

We are delighted to announce that the selections for Olympic and Paralympic referees includes 15 of our European representatives.  The following have been listed for the Olympic Games:  Mr Vladimer NUTSIBIDZE (GEO) Mr Raul CAMACHO (ESP) Mr Veli-Matti KARINKANTA (FIN) Mrs Roberta CHYURLIA (ITA) Mr Matthieu BATAILLE (FRA) Mr Evgeny…

16 February 2021

Grand Slam - Tel Aviv, Israel

SEEING DOUBLE IN TEL AVIV

There is a matter of only a few days before the next stage of the IJF World Tour gets underway with the Tel Aviv Grand Slam. Lining up in search of qualification for the up-coming Olympic Games in Tokyo will be a number of athletes for whom qualification is made…

15 February 2021

Grand Slam - Tel Aviv, Israel

STILL TIME FOR WOULD-BE OLYMPIANS TO SECURE SELECTION

The focus for the next stage of the IJF World Tour moves to Tel Aviv whose status has been upgraded to that of a Grand Slam. Beginning Thursday 18th for three days the Shlomo Arena will once again play host to some of the best judoka in the world. It is…

15 February 2021

EJU AND EUSA DISCUSS SUMMER GAMES 2021

This week the European Judo Union and European University Sports Association (EUSA) held a virtual meeting to discuss the partnership of the two bodies which has been ongoing since 2019 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed.  The meeting held on the 9th of the February was an opportunity to…

11 February 2021