Grand Prix - Zagreb, Croatia

DOUBLE GOLD FOR SOLVENIAN DUO AT ZAGREB GRAND PRIX

Andreja LESKI (SLO) at -63kg along with -70kg team mate Anka POGACNIK (SLO) struck gold on day two of the Zagreb Grand Prix. Both athletes lived up to their top-billing as number one seeds to put Slovenia second in the overall medal table behind France. Leski had a first round…

26 September 2021

Grand Prix - Zagreb, Croatia

VIERU IS CLASS ACT ON OPENING DAY OF ZAGREB GRAND PRIX

Denis VIERU (MDA) gave a polished and impressive performance that saw him take the gold medal in the -66kg category on day one of the Zagreb Grand Prix. Vieru began the day as number one seed and, apart from a few minor lapses in concentration, the Moldavian always looked the…

24 September 2021

Grand Prix - Zagreb, Croatia

IJF WORLD TOUR RESUMES IN ZAGREB

The IJF World Tour is officially back! Following the Olympic Games in Tokyo, we are anticipating seeing the top athletes in the world back on the tatami to continue on to Paris 2024.  Top of the ranking is Tato GRIGALASHVILI (GEO) who had great expectations weighing him down in Tokyo,…

21 September 2021

EJU MORAL CODE CARTOON - HONOUR

This week the EJU Moral Code Cartoon will demonstrate ‘honour’ with the new video online. At the very heart of everything we do, we live the judo code. Honour is an important value for every judoka to have. Do what is right and stand by your principles. Be someone who…

20 September 2021

ALL FOR ARIS: JUDOKA FOR JUDOKA IN LIFE CHANGING APPEAL

Last year in the European Championships which were held in Porec, Croatia, a terrible accident occurred on the tatami resulting in the serious injury of one of our judo family members.  Rising star, Aris Leonidis of Greece suffered a very serious spinal injury, breaking his neck and was immediately operated…

20 September 2021

European Judo Open M&W - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

PETERSEN POLLARD AND PIETRI STEAL SHOW ON DAY TWO IN SARAJEVO

Continental Open events tend to vary greatly with the level of athletes, whether it be a young junior or even mature cadet testing the waters of the senior pool or returning major names to reignite their careers in hope of a return to the big league. Used to success as…

19 September 2021

European Judo Open M&W - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

VERHORSTERT PUTS A GOLDEN STAMP ON SENIOR CAREER

It was a brilliant first day of the Sarajevo European Open for the French team as they took away two gold, five silver and five bronze medals following some stunning performances but stealing the limelight was one of the Netherlands’ two gold medallists, 20 year-old Ivo VERHORSTERT.  Since starting as…

18 September 2021

European Judo Open M&W - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

ATHLETES HEAD TO SARAJEVO FOR 2021 EUROPEAN OPEN

Following a brilliant week at the Junior European Championships, we’re now moving to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the senior European Open event.  There are over 300 athletes descending upon the ‘Arena’ Hotel Hills over the two day event this week, the Hotel Hills resort is a perfect location…

16 September 2021

JUDO IN FIRST U15 WORLD SCHOOL SPORT GAMES

The ISF U15 World School Sports Games, in Belgrade, Serbia, is taking place from 11 – 19 September. This event is the largest international multi-sport event for school students from 13-15 years old, gathering from all around the world to compete in 14 different sports, namely Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Basketball…

15 September 2021

ZAWADKA RE-ELECTED IN POLAND

We would like to inform you that the elections of the Polish Judo Association (PJA) were held on the 29th of August 2021. The president of the PJA, Jacek Zawadka has been re-elected. 202 delegates out of 376 voted for Zawadka. The second candidate got 160 votes at the PJA…

14 September 2021

“I WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK"

At the Junior European Judo Championships more than 160 volunteers were supporting the local organising committee. Tom Schmit from the Luxembourg Judo Federation was very grateful after the event: “Without this huge support of the volunteers it would be impossible to organise such an event. I am very happy that…

13 September 2021

EJU MORAL CODE CARTOON - SINCERITY

This week the EJU Moral Code Cartoon will demonstrate ‘sincerity’ with the new video online. At the very heart of everything we do, we live the judo code. Sincerity is being truthful, open and trustworthy. You are considered to have integrity when your words and actions match, and not thought…

13 September 2021

Junior European Judo Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

TEAM FRANCE CLEAN HOUSE FOR JUNIOR MIXED TEAMS TITLE

No matter if it is cadet, junior or senior, the mixed team event is always incredibly exciting and draws all of the athletes together to support their teams and be the loudest supporters in the arena.  Today was no different for the Junior European Championships 2021. The following nations entered…

12 September 2021

Junior European Judo Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

AMBITIOUS OLEK TAKES JUNIOR TITLE AND LOOKS TO SURPASS FATHERS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

It was a true battle in the -78kg category between Anna Monta OLEK (GER) and Yael VAN HEEMST (NED), the pair having already met in a final this year, we knew it would be close.  There was little surprise that the pair had made it to the final given they…

12 September 2021

Junior European Judo Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

FONTAINE AND SIPOCZ BECOME TRIPLE JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

Day three saw two athletes become three-time Junior European Champions in some fantastic heavyweight triumphs. Both Lea FONTAINE (FRA) and SIPOCZ Richard (HUN) had targets on their backs but dealt with the pressure and took their gold medals.  Of course it wasn’t only the +78kg and +100kg that were exciting…

11 September 2021

Junior European Judo Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

SULCA SECURES HIS JUNIOR EUROPEAN TITLE IN LUXEMBOURG

There was a great chance for Adrian SULCA of Romania to become Junior European Champion in the -73kg looking at his results this year. It was a tougher-than-usual day for him but that didn’t stop him on his road to gold on day two.  The #3 seed pulled out a…

11 September 2021

Junior European Judo Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

JUNIORS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS ON DAY TWO OF CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LUXEMBOURG

France and Russia continued their battle for the top position and today the win goes to the latter as the -81kg category secured two medals; a gold from Ibragimgadzhi SULEIMANOV and bronze from Daniil DRANOVSKII.  The 2021 junior European champion was very happy and proud of his win today, especially…

10 September 2021

Junior European Judo Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

ISRAEL'S KEREM PRIMO CONTINUES HER EUROPEAN TITLE TAKEOVER

It was both surprising and unsurprising that Israeli superstar Kerem PRIMO took the Junior European title on day one.  Looking at her record there is little to speculate upon given her little experience at only 16 years old. In her 24 recorded contests, she has only lost one in the…

10 September 2021