Another European Judo Cup will be held in Orenburg, Russia, this weekend. This year 270 athletes from 18 countries will compete in a beautiful modern Orenburzhye Sports Hall located in the centre of the city. “We have been organizing the European cup in Orenburg since 2010”, Nikolay Pechenkin, head of RJF Sport department said. “Judo in Orenburg is developing fast and the local authorities support judo activities in the region. There are several talented athletes in the regional clubs and some of them will also compete this weekend. We hope to have a champion from Orenburg sooner or later”, Pechenkin said. “This tournament is also going to be a serious test for our U23 national team and the best will be selected for the next European Cup in Slovenia later this year. I am sure that we will see nice judo here in Orenburg”.
“This is the fifth participation of our team in Orenburg”, Niels Dehlendorff, leader of the Danish judo team in Orenburg said. “This tournament is very well organized and I am sure that is going to a great experience for our team. And it will be a good test before the Baku European Games for our best. Our team is also going to take part in the training camp after the tournament. I am looking forward to this tournament very much”, Dehlendorff concluded.
The tournament starts at 10:00 (7:00 CEST) both on Saturday and Sunday and the final blocks are planned for 16:00 (13:00 CEST). You can follow the tournament live on EJU web site.