Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

GAME. SET. MATCH.

The remaining weight categories of the Warsaw European Open on day two included; -70kg, -78kg, +78kg for women and -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg for men.  Arguably the most anticipated contest of the day was the -100kg final, a rematch of the Gyor European Open with two top athletes, Laurin BOEHLER…

25 February 2024

Riga Veteran European Cup 2024 - Riga, Latvia

ZELONIJS STILL HAS IT

Sydney Olympic Games bronze medallist, Vsevolods ZELONIJS is now the president of the Latvian Judo Federation. However this weekend during the Riga Veteran European Cup event, he decided to step on the tatami as a competitor once again, but of course this time things were a little different. When competing…

25 February 2024

Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

GUERSCHNER DEBUTS FOR NORWAY

It was announced earlier this month that Daniel Gürschner, 1998 European Champion and coach of Germany, has been officially named Head Coach of Norway. With a plethora of experience spanning almost 20 years, an exciting new challenge awaited him in Scandinavia and today marked his debut for Team Norway. Now…

25 February 2024

Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

17 AND DONE

That’s all it took. 17 seconds. Kenya PERNA (ITA) has been working tirelessly to take the gold medal, and today had to battle it out in a domestic all-Italian final with Martina CASTAGNOLA to decide the -52kg winner. What many may have assumed would be a long contest given their…

25 February 2024

Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

FRENCH INITIATE THE LEAD

Opening the final block of the Warsaw European Open 2024 were the -48kg category women. It was a hard fought final between Anais PERROT (FRA) and Giulia GHIGLIONE (ITA), remaining even until the final seconds. After taking the silver medal in Gyor two weeks ago, Perrot was not willing to…

24 February 2024

SUCCESSFUL PhD FOR, NOW, DR SLAVIŠA BRADIĆ

EJU Head Kata Commissioner, Slaviša  Bradić travelled to the United Kingdom this week to celebrate the successful completion of his doctoral studies, earning a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire. Now, Dr. Bradić is also well known for being one of the tutor with the IJF Academy, a director of the…

24 February 2024

Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

RANKING DEFIED ON DAY ONE

Of the seven categories on day one of the Warsaw European Open 2024, only one of the top seeds managed to make it in to their respective final; Maysa PARDAYEVA (TKM) made her way through the -57kg category to battle out it against Marta GARCIA MARTIN (ESP) for the gold…

24 February 2024

Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

CENTRACCHIO STEPS OFF THE TATAMI AND IN TO THE CHAIR

Maria CENTRACCHIO (ITA) reached her ultimate career goal in the Tokyo Olympics and stood on the -63kg podium. Following her achievement in 2021, Maria has focussed her energy in various areas, but one stands out, coaching. Already she has been sighted in numerous events with younger brother Luigi, who has…

24 February 2024

Warsaw European Open 2024 - Warsaw, Poland

GOSIEWSKI RETURNS TO WARSAW

Former Great Britain representative, Jan GOSIEWSKI, was in attendance of the the Warsaw European Open 2024 on day one, and joined former Polish athlete and EJU Commentator, Tomasz KOWALSKI in the hot seat to talk all things judo, and a bit more. In this event 11 years ago, Gosiewski wasn’t…

24 February 2024

European Judo Championships Seniors Zagreb 2024 - Zagreb, Croatia

"MI TO MOŽEMO – YES, WE CAN!"

Croatia will host the senior European Judo Championships for the first time ever this year. The event is scheduled to be held at the Zagreb Arena from 25 to 28 April. So, whilst it will be the first time hosting a senior Europeans, it will not be the first time winning one. Goran…

23 February 2024

FEDERATION FRIDAY: BELGIUM

Belgium is not only known for delicious bonbons but also for renaissance architecture along it’s medieval towns. The country, which is located at the western side of the continent, is also the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. Belgium has classifiable regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking…

23 February 2024

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