The first European Judo Open 2015 will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on the upcoming weekend, 7th – 8th of February.
Players will not only be aiming to gain important qualification points but some also stands the battle to be selected for this year’s European Judo Championships. Possible sister’s final in the U52 category if both, Priscilla and Astride Gneto (FRA) will make it to the final. This will be the first tournament for Priscilla since she was banned of competing for three months.
Two important appearance will be seen in the U63 category. Alice Schlesinger (GBR) will make her debut for her new representative country (Great Britain); whilst Franssen Juul (NED) also returns to the international stage in the new weight class. Juul took gold at the Belgium Open last weekend in Arlon in the same weight category. Anett Meszaros (HUN) decided to take time out from judo almost two years ago, however she is now back with having Rio 2016 as her main target. She will be competing in the U70 category. Olympic Bronze medallist, Lucija Polavder (SLO) also returns on the mat following up her recovery from a knee injury.
Also coming back from a long lasting injury, Dimitri Dragin (FRA) will be in action in the U66 category. Last years’ winner of the U90 category, Alon Sasson (ISR) will be back to defend his title alongside Mykhailo Cherkasov (UKR) who will be aiming to take the victory once again in the U100 category. Gerchev Yanislav (BUL) and Ilieva Ivelina (BUL) are amongst the 22 players to shine front of the home crowd.
The draw will take place on Friday, 6th of February 2015 at 8.00pm local time. Follow us on our Social Media channels:
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