Samorin EJU OTC "Going for Gold" 2022 - Samorin, Slovakia

COACH SUPPORT FOR THE NECESSITY OF THE OTC INITIATIVE CONTINUES

Samorin, Slovakia, are currently hosting the first OTC of the year in the absence of the traditional Mittersill training camp, providing the best situations for our professional judoka. The OTC purpose stemmed from the EJU Presidential support for national federations to succeed at the highest level. Top-level international training is…

20 January 2022

Samorin EJU OTC "Going for Gold" 2022 - Samorin, Slovakia

UPDATED IJF RULES PRESENTED AT THE OTC IN SAMORIN (SVK)

It hasn’t been long since the International Judo Federation released the new rules for the Olympic Games Cycle 2022-2024. The European Judo Union Referee Commission therefore used this opportunity to attend the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) training camp in Samorin, Slovakia. Although the Covid-19 pandemic is still ‘hitting us’ from…

19 January 2022

Samorin EJU OTC "Going for Gold" 2022 - Samorin, Slovakia

EJU CONTINUE TO HOST ATHLETES FOR MAJOR PREPARATION IN OTC

It was only last week that athletes were hard at work in Antalya, and now we move to Samorin, Slovakia for the EJU OTC ‘Going for Gold’. With the cancellation of Mittersill, it has been fantastic that neighbouring Slovakia could open their doors and provide a place for some much…

18 January 2022

Antalya EJU Training Camp 2022 - Antalya, Turkey

ANTALYA WELCOMES ATHLETES FOR TOUR PREP

In the absence of the traditional Mittersill OTC, athletes have been in search of a new camp to increase their randori and make sure they are fully prepared as the IJF Tour will begin in only two and a half weeks. There are 258 athletes who will take part in…

12 January 2022

COMPULSORY BREAK FROM MITTERSILL

If you happen to need something from the Austrian Judo Federation these days, it might be difficult to reach them. For 28 times in a row, they have organised the Olympic Training Camp at Mittersill in January. What started in 1993 with a couple of hundred judoka, turned into the…

10 January 2022

AN INTERVIEW WITH DRITON KUKA

Driton ‘Toni’ Kuka is a highly commended coach. Once a promising athlete but derailed by war, he returned to the sport to help the children in his street become involved in sport he loved. In an incredible turn of events, some of the few small children within their winding streets,…

8 January 2022

GREECE CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THEIR KATA STRUCTURE

On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of December 2021, Greece organised its national kata tournament. This kata event was combined with the ne-waza championships. This kata championship was open to the different categories; youth and senior and no less than 56 couples demonstrated with the aim of reaching…

3 January 2022

2021: FACTS, FIGURES AND AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESIDENT

The year of 2021 will be remembered as the return to normalcy, or the best we can hope for in such troublesome times, and of course the eventuality of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.  16  With that, the European Judo Union had great cause to celebrate with a vast collection…

31 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: COMEBACK-KID DICKO DOMINATES THE +78KG CATEGORY

Name: Romane Dicko Country: France Weight category: +78kg Points: 6450 Despite her unquestionable talent, and her forecast for greatness as a young athlete, the past few years had been riddled with grief for Romane Dicko, which continued to keep her off the tatami. Even after her return, the pandemic hit,…

31 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: BASHAEV DISPLAYS BRILLIANCE IN 2021 AND TOPS RANKING

Name: Tamerlan Bashaev Country: Russia Weight category: +100kg Points: 6250  This Russian athlete is a bit of an anomaly in the +100kg category, standing at 5”7, one might underestimate his abilities in the heavyweight arena. Yet here he is, atop of the whole group. It’s a great honour to be…

30 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: MALONGA SEALS PLACE AT HEAD OF -78KG

Name: Madeleine Malonga Country: France Weight category: -78kg Points: 5940 France continue their ruling of the women’s categories with Madeleine Malonga.  The 28 year-old has been securing wins on the circuit for many years but where 2018 European title seemed to be the platform to greatness with a Paris Grand…

29 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: RUSSIA'S BRIGHT FUTURE IN ADAMIAN'S HANDS

Name: Arman Adamian Country: Russia Weight category: -100kg Points: 5744 Arman Adamian has made his mark in this weight category. Even so, he was not the selection for the Olympic Games, instead his team mate, Niiaz Iliasov was selected and took bronze. The talent in this category for Russia alone…

28 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: AGBEGNENOU COLLECTS WORLD AND OLYMPIC TITLES IN 2021

Name: Clarisse Agbegnenou Country: France Weight category: -63kg Points: 7830 After a five year wait, we were finally able to see French superstar Clarisse become Olympic champion after her silver medal success in Rio. It was a beautiful final where the 2016 finalists met again in Tokyo, only this time…

27 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: MATIC MADE HISTORY AND TOPS RANKING

Name: Barbara Matic Country: Croatia Weight category: -70kg Points: 5739 Barbara Matic has graced the IJF tour for quite some time now, collecting medals throughout her career but this was her year.  During the world championships in Budapest, she seemed to be able to do no wrong. Barbara’s great experience…

26 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: YOUNG GEORGIAN GRIGALASHVILI LEADS IN -81KG

Name: Tato Grigalashvili  Country: Georgia Weight category: -81kg Points: 6592 We mentioned that for Georgia there is a revolving door of talent but in some cases there are special individuals who you know for certain will be in the record books for years to come. This particular individual is Tato…

24 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: GJAKOVA REACHED FULL POTENTIAL FOR TOKYO

Name: Nora Gjakova Country: Kosovo Weight category: -57kg Points: 5880 This Olympic champion was a decade in the making. Nora GJAKOVA has been firmly on our radar for many years as part of the small but mighty Kosovo team. Not only did the 29 year-old take her first world medal,…

23 December 2021

TOP PLAYER: THE YEAR OF LASHA SHAVDATUASHVILI

Name: Lasha Shavdatuashvili Country: Georgia Weight category: -73kg Points: 5475 The Georgian team have a revolving door for incredible judoka, and notably many with Georgian heritage represent other nations, so how must it feel not only to be the best of your countrymen, but of the whole community?  Lasha Shavdatuashvili…

22 December 2021