Tashkent World Senior Championsips 2022 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

REIGNING WORLD CHAMPIONS HERE TO DEFEND THEIR TITLE

The -73kg category isn’t just a general rivalry, but it is made up by national ones too, albeit it among friends.  In the last Olympic cycle, Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE) attempted to qualify in the -81kg category, but has since learned that his strength lies at -73kg. Instead it was his…

30 September 2022

Celje-Podcetrtek Senior European Cup 2022 & IJF-B Referee Examination - Celje-Podcetrtek, Slovenia

ROAD TO RECOVERY BEGINS IN CELJE-PODCETRTEK

We may already be swirling in the excitement of the fast-approaching world championships in Tashkent which begins next week, but in Europe, there are already many, over 250 in fact, preparing for competition this week. The Celje-Podcetrtek Senior European Cup is welcoming athletes from three continents for the two-day event,…

30 September 2022

Tashkent World Senior Championsips 2022 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

SEEDING UNLIKELY TO SPARE TOP ATHLETES ON SECOND DAY

Usually the seeding can give us a relatively good read on each weight category, however in the -52kg and -66kg groups, the outliers are threatening to bring the blocks tumbling. The women’s entry is incredibly strong, and within the top eight, Uzbekistan’s flag will be worn by Diyora KELDIYOROVA, however…

29 September 2022

Tashkent World Senior Championsips 2022 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

EUROPE HUNGRY FOR WORLD TITLE ON DAY ONE

It feels like a long time since we were celebrating a world championships, and in fact, the 2021 edition has preceded the Olympic Games, and this upcoming event by 15 months. The current title holders have managed to hold on to their glory for a little while longer than usual…

28 September 2022

VIDEO: FIRST 100 DAYS OF DR LÁSZLÓ TÓTH'S PRESIDENCY

Exclusive Interview with EJU President Dr. László TÓTH on his first 100 days!

25 September 2022

PRAGUE IS CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN SPORT

We’ve only just vacated the city of Prague following the junior European championships, but many are congregating to open the annual European Week of Sport. The 2022 edition will run from the 23rd of September until the 30th, with the opening ceremony commencing at 11:30am CEST which will be streamed…

23 September 2022

EJU Executive approves event calendar 2023

62 EVENTS TO COME

The 5th European Judo Union Executive Committee Meeting in 2022 was held on Wednesday and Thursday in Istanbul. “The EJU is backing up the decision of the International Judo Federation, that Russian and Belarus athletes will not participate at Judo events until January 2023, this counts for our events too”,…

22 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

JUNIOR AFTERMATH

After a wonderful week of judo hosted by the Czech Judo Federation, we look back on the major comebacks and surprises of the week. After finishing 10th overall in the medal table, collecting only four medals from their women’s side, France made a miraculous comeback on the final day in…

21 September 2022

No Russian, Belarus athletes at EJU events

IJF DECISION

The Executive Committee of the International Judo Federation decided on Thursday, 21st September 2022, considering the current international circumstances and in order to ensure the protection of all athletes in the sport of judo, to not allow the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in international judo events until…

21 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

FRANCE RETAIN JUNIOR TITLE

Arguably, the mixed team event is the most exciting of the tournament. Today was no different in the Junior European Championships 2022. The atmosphere was incredible as always, the team support carrying their compatriots to glory. After some brilliant matches, the potential medallists were decided. Azerbaijan were able to celebrate…

18 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

TÜRKIYE AND FRANCE GO HEAD TO HEAD FOR MIXED TEAM TITLE FOR SECOND YEAR

It was a very different journey for the French and Turkish teams as they made their way to the final of the Junior European Mixed Team Championships, closing out the tremendous week of judo in Prague. To some it might come as little surprise that Team Türkiye will be in…

18 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

As we sit in Prague, celebrating the new junior European champions, we can look back over yesteryear, 15 years ago to be exact when there were junior athletes battling it out for their continental titles in this very city. So where are they all now? It is no secret that…

18 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

DJIMBI MAKES HISTORY AT EUROPEAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

This week during the Junior European Championships in Prague, we welcomed referee, Jean Claude DJIMBI of Gabon within the African Judo Union. It is in fact the first occasion where the EJU have hosted a referee from outside of the EJU roster for a continental championships. Since the instatement of…

18 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

LYTVYNENKO ADDS CONTINENTAL TITLE TO 2022 HAUL

Already we have been impressed by Yelyzaveta LYTVYNENKO (UKR) this year, after a stunning win in the European Youth Olympic Festival to go along with her cadet continental title in 2021. The young athlete has also had experience on the senior circuit, placing fifth in the Tbilisi Grand Slam and…

17 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

TÜRKIYE FINISH ON TOP

The -90kg final was over incredibly quickly, Vugar TALIBOV (AZE) has grown exponentially in the past few years, developing from a successful cadet at -73kg and today taking the gold medal in the -90kg category, defeating Ivan KUTENKOV (UKR) in only 27 seconds with a variation uchi mata. His team…

17 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS CONCLUDE ON FINAL DAY OF INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION

Vulgar TALIBOV (AZE) seems to be on top form and unsurprising given the results of his team mates this week. He took on EYOF champion, Miljan RADULJ (SRB) in the semi final and a waza ari score sent him through to the final. There was potential for an all-Azerbaijan final…

17 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

PRESIDENT TOTH WELCOMES CZECH AND SLOVAK OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENTS

Yesterday, double Olympic champion, Lukas KRPALEK was present in the Junior European Judo Championships in Prague, awarding the medallists and congratulating the Czech medallist, Adam KOPECKY.  The great success and growth of the sport in the Czech Republic has attracted attention from their national Olympic Committee and today we had…

17 September 2022

European Judo Championships Juniors Prague 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic

HAJIYEV CLAIMS FIRST CONTINENTAL TITLE

Though Eljan HAJIYEV (AZE) was not the number one seed in the -81kg category today, there were huge assumptions that he would be on the podium. He ensured that became fact and took the junior European title, the second of the day for his country. I feel so happy right…

16 September 2022