Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

HIGH HOPES FOR HOME TEAM

For the second stop on the senior European Tour 2024, we arrive in Warsaw, Poland, a staple location since 2008. It certainly hasn’t lost it’s popularity, with 497 athletes from 39 nations inscribed for the two-day tournament on the 24th and 25th of February. Competing in the COS Torwar Sports…

22 February 2024

LE VOYAGE TO PARIS 2024: MIHAEL ZGANK (TUR) 

Mihael ZGANK kicked off this year with a double boom, winning first the Grand Prix in Portugal before claiming victory at one of the most, if not THE most prestigious IJF World Tour event, the Paris Grand Slam. This capped him to be amongst the top four of the Olympic…

22 February 2024

Riga Veteran European Cup 2024 - Riga, Latvia

EJU VETERAN TOUR LEADS TO LATVIA 

The first event of the EJU Veteran Tour 2024 is going to be held at the mouth of the River Daugava, Riga. Almost 100 judoka from 23 nations are heading to the capital of Latvia to compete at the Riga Sports Arena. Amongst all, the President of the National Judo Federation of…

21 February 2024

Louvain-la-Neuve Kata Tournament 2024 - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

EJU KATA TOUR BEGINS IN BELGIUM

This weekend, the long planned EJU Kata tour will commence and the first destination is Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Whilst the city hosts annual EJU kata events, with it being part of the tour now, several introduced innovations took place prior which primarily aimed at improving the quality of the kata competition…

21 February 2024

European Judo Championships Seniors Zagreb 2024 - Zagreb, Croatia

"WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD!"

The anticipation is growing: The European Judo Championships Seniors in the Zagreb Arena are just about nine weeks or 65 days to go. From Sunday to Tuesday, a six-strong EJU team – led by Head Sport Director Catarina RODRIGUES and Sport Director Urska ZOLNIR JUGOVAR – travelled to the capital…

20 February 2024

Olympic champion KRPALEK still uncertain

TIME IS RUNNING

The actual Olympic countdown for the Games in Paris began for two-time Olympic champion Lukas KRPALEK with the two-week Japan training programme in Tokyo. Until mid-February, the 33-year-old’s diary was still full of marketing and PR appointments. A weekend tournament organised by his own junior academy, a video shoot for…

20 February 2024

European Judo Championships Seniors Zagreb 2024 - Zagreb, Croatia

SITE VISIT IN ZAGREB

Preparations for the European Judo Championships Seniors in ZAGREB (CRO, 25 – 28 April 2024) are entering the hot phase. From Sunday to Tuesday, a six-member EJU delegation, led by Head Sport Director Caterina RODRIGUES and Sport Director Urska ZOLNIR JUGOVAR, will be visiting the Croatian capital. The ten-persons strong…

19 February 2024

Paralympic Games Judo 2024 - Paris, France

“WE ARE ONE TEAM" 

As days pass by, we are getting closer and closer to the next Olympiad. For France it is all one big moment collectively under the title: Paris 2024. Para judo in France has been consistent over the past decades but has made an ascent in more recent years. As per the…

19 February 2024

IBSA Grand Prix Heidelberg 2024

HARNYK TAKES CARE OF EUROPE’S GOLD

The overall medal table of the IBSA Grand Prix Heidelberg 2024 is led by the Peoples Republic of China after winning three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Ukraine took second spot whilst Brazil claimed third place, respectively. Three nations from three different continents dominated. This itself speaks volume. Gold…

18 February 2024

Fuengirola Cadet European Cup 2024 - Fuengirola, Spain

SPAIN CELEBRATES TRIPLE GOLD IN FUENGIROLA

For two weeks in a row, the cadet scene has been ruled by the French, on this occasion in the Fuengirola Cadet European Cup 2024, they swiped five gold, nine silver and a whopping 18 bronze medals to top the standings. That being said, the hosts, Spain, secured second spot,…

18 February 2024

Baku Grand Slam 2024 - Baku, Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN VICTORIOUS ON HOME SOIL

On the third and final day of the Baku Grand Slam, the Azeri men continued in their takeover. In the -90kg category, they had not one, but two on the podium, not including the Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Eljan HAJIYEV who lost out in the earlier rounds to Alexis…

18 February 2024

IBSA Grand Prix Heidelberg 2024

SASS WINS LITERALLY ON HIS DOORSTEP 

The first day of the IBSA Grand Prix in Heidelberg saw Asia dominating and Europe scooping in with three golden performances. All in all, we witnessed kindness, outstanding sportsmanship, focus, a few upsets, yet plenty more smiles, all of which was accompanied by high standard judo skills. J1 -48kg  The…

17 February 2024

Baku Grand Slam 2024 - Baku, Azerbaijan

"MY BEST DAY!"

Lubjana PIOVESANA (AUT/-63) beat the world number 1 and 2 at the Grand Slam in Baku and won gold. Her reward: 4,000 euros and 1,000 world ranking points. The 27-year-old is already scratching at the top 10 in the Olympic rankings. “It’s like a dream, simply incredible!” “Lulu” in the…

17 February 2024

Baku Grand Slam 2024 - Baku, Azerbaijan

BIG CELEBRATIONS IN BAKU

The final block on day two saw a tough opening with the -63kg women’s category. The top seed and WRL #1, Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) fought her way through her side of the draw, defending her ranking position, and continued to do so in the final against Lubjana PIOVESANA (AUT). The…

17 February 2024

LEGENDARY DUTCH JUDO COACH CHRIS DE KORTE HAS PASSED AWAY

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of legendary Dutch judo coach Chris de Korte at the age of 86. A Press Release in the Netherlands stated, “De Korte, 9th dan, dedicated his life to judo, starting shortly after WWII remaining active on the tatami…

17 February 2024

IBSA GRAND PRIX HEILDELBERG, GERMANY

GUIDANCE TO WATCH IBSA JUDO 

A short refereeing meeting took place ahead of the weekend in Heidelberg where the first IBSA Grand Prix of the year is held. Both Referee Directors of IBSA Judo, Mr Kenichi Shoshida and Mr Henk Plugge were at present to deliver the presentation. To support the weekend, Referee supervisors, Cathy Fleury and Giuseppe…

16 February 2024

IBSA GRAND PRIX HEIDELBERG, GERMANY

"JUDO IS MY FAVOURITE SPORT AT THE PARALYMPICS"

Rufat Hajili is the chief of IBSA Presidential office and assistant of IBSA President, Mr Ilgar Rahimov. His journey started by being part of the Azerbaijan Paralympic Committee as the head of international relations and marketing. During this time, he was already in close collaboration with President Mr Rahimov who is also…

16 February 2024

Baku Grand Slam 2024 - Baku, Azerbaijan

BABULFATH LANDS BIG WIN

The IJF World Tour continues this week in Baku, and on day one we were spoiled with some great surprises from up and coming athletes. First off in the -48kg, the top seed Milica NIKOLIC (SRB) found herself facing 18 year-old Tara BABULFATH (SWE). The Swedish athlete is successful at…

16 February 2024