Tashkent Grand Slam 2024 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

GOLD MEDALS TAKEN FROM PARIS TO TASHKENT

On the second day of the Tashkent Grand Slam 2024, it was almost a complete match for the Paris Grand Slam record with three of the four gold medallists returning to the top of the podium. Clarisse AGBEGNENOU was fuelled by the home crowd in Paris, but today it was…

2 March 2024

Sarajevo Junior European Cup 2024 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

JUNIORS READY TO KICKSTART 2024 

The first junior European Cup 2024 is going to take place in Sarajevo this weekend with over 300 judoka from 23 nations heading to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The host nation seeks to endeavour with over four-dozen of their best juniors.  Athletes are joining from all the way to…

29 February 2024

Tashkent Grand Slam 2024 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

NEXT STOP: TASHKENT

With the live draw tomorrow at 14:00 local time in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the IJF World Judo Tour continues. Between March 1-3, almost 500 athletes from 69 nations will continue in their Olympic bid, either to better their positioning or qualify. Some already secure in their places are the WRL #1…

28 February 2024

ANTALYA AWAITS CADET CREW

The next stop in the series of Cadet European Cup 2024 will be Antalya, Türkiye. This weekend, over 350 judoka from 19 countries are head to the Turkish resort city. With spring only beginning, and following Follonica and Fuengirola, this is already the third stop for the youngsters. A single…

28 February 2024

Olympic Games Judo 2024 - Paris, France

150 DAYS: I'M DIFFERENT, BUT I'M DANGEROUS

The hype is intensifying, the only thing on anyone’s mind is the Paris Olympic Games 2024 and now we’re only 150 days away from seeing our -48kg and -60kg medals hopes step on the tatami in the specially assigned Grand Palais Éphémère in the Champ-de-Mars. The location has a stunning…

27 February 2024

IJF REFEREE EXAMINATION GREAT SUCCESS

During the Warsaw European Open 2024, 14 referees were under examination conditions in a bid to succeed in achieving their IJF A Licence. It was an incredible weekend and all candidates passed under the assessing eyes of EJU Refereeing Director, Alexandr JATSKEVITCH, EJU Head Commissioner, Franc OCKO, EJU Commissioner, Andreas…

26 February 2024

KRASNIQI AND GJAKOVA NAMED KOSOVO'S SPORTSPERSONS OF THE YEAR 2023

Two world class judoka, Distria KRASNIQI and Akil GJAKOVA were honoured with the main awards at the 8th annual ceremony in Kosovo which run under the title: Laureatet of 2023. Krasniqi received the Female Athlete of the Year award, while Gjakova collected Male Athlete of the Year. This marks the fourth…

26 February 2024

Refereeing Seminar for Adapted Judo

SWEDEN: “THE STARTING SHOT WAS GIVEN!”

Throughout the past few days, the Swedish Judo Federation in collaboration with the European Judo Union held its’ first refereeing seminar for Adapted Judo in Stockholm. The weekend long seminar was in conjunction with the Swedish Judo Federation’s national coaching education program, where coaches and referees welcomed to attend all…

26 February 2024

EJU Kata Tournament - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

FRANCE TAKES CHARGE IN LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE

Day one of the EJU Kata tournament Louvain-la-Neuve saw young cadet and junior pairs showcasing their knowledge of different kata groups. For the cadets it was the first three sets to demonstrate: te-waza, koshi-waza and ashi-waza. The juniors have had the opportunity to enter in either Katame-no-Kata, Ju-no-Kata or Nage-no-Kata.…

25 February 2024

Riga Veteran European Cup 2024 - Riga, Latvia

LATVIA CLAIMS TOP SPOT ON HOME GROUNDS

Latvia claimed top spot on the overall medal table at the Riga Veteran European Cup 2024 with eight golden, seven silver and two bronze medal performances. Ukraine followed with a three-three-one count whilst Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Poland took two victories a piece. Eight single glories were exhibited by Great Britain, Germany, Italy,…

25 February 2024

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