U23 EUROPEAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
Over 300 athletes from 40 different countries are await to show their full potential at the U23 European Judo Championships, which will take place on the 11th-12th of November 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Shlomo Group Arena, where the tournament will be taking place, expects thousands of visitors to support delegates from all across Europe. The preparation and the excitements are striking high in the major city as it has been 24 years since a European Championships, at any level, was held in Israel. The President of the Israel Judo Association, Moshe Ponte expressed his appreciation,
“Dear Judo Friends, On behalf of the Israeli Judo Association it is a great pleasure for me to welcome all of you: officials, athletes, guests and judo friends to the U23 European Championships 2016 in Tel Aviv… “
“…We are extremely proud to host this outstanding event. I will take this occasion to extend a special note of thanks to all those individuals who spent long hours and great efforts to make this tournament dream come true. Judo in Israel is a very popular sport and holds the best sport results in international tournaments, including European championships, World Championships and Olympic games. We welcome all delegations and wish them a good tournament and to enjoy their visit to Israel. I want also to thank our partners and sponsors that supported the happening of these championships. May these championships be a bridge between nations in the holy land of Israel- I wish you all good success.”
__img3__The host nation will outbreak with a full team [18 athletes] which includes exceptional names such as 2016 European Bronze medallist, Timna Nelson Levy. She will be competing in the -57kg category alongside, Adi Grossman. In addition, 2016 Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist, Li Kochman will also join the strong troop.
__img2__Whilst the battlefield will be mainly blended with talented junior athletes, we will also see strong young elites who have participated at the Rio Olympic Games. Ivanon Ivaylo (BUL), top seeded of the -81kg category, won the U23 European title in 2013 and he is ready to repeat it all over again. The Bulgarian judo ace won bronze at the European Championships earlier on this year which was topped up with a 7th place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Undoubtedly that Ivaylo will be the high stake of his weight division which will determine other athletes, such as Stefan Majdov (SRB) and Abas Azizov (RUS) to an even more satisfying victory. A weight division above, Georgian ace, Beka Gviniashvili (GEO) will return to action. Gviniashvili spent a fair amount of time lately in the -100kg category whilst he was pursuing his Olympic Dream, however, he is now back into business amongst others in the -90kg and since neither Gviniashvili or Kochman are seeded, there is a possible chance for a strong first round if the pair of them got drawn together. David Tekic (GER) could also be the one to interfere both athletes, if he was to walk his way to the top.
__img1__In a possibile case of Milica Nikolic (SRB) being on top form, it is certain to have the Serbian national anthem first on play during the medal ceremony of the -48kg category. The multiply IJF World Tour medallist, Nikolic will be amongst the few who returns to defend their title. In the -63kg category, top seeded Lucy Renshall (GBR) has been on fire lately regarding her performance and if the flame is still blooming she could add an U23 European title to her collections. All, Magdalena Krssakova (AUT), Vivian Herrmann (GER) and Angeles Lopez Aguilera (ESP) will be there to take over the show. A weight class above, another exciting sets of judo skills could be on display by Aleksandra Samardzic (BIH), Elisavet Teltsidou (GRE), Jemima Yeats Brown (GBR) and Gercsak Szabina (HUN), who returns to double the joy after her success last year.
U23 European Judo Championships 2016 - Schedule
Friday, November 11th
9:00 Start of competition
16:00 Opening Ceremony
16:30 Final Block
Saturday, November 12th
10:00 Start of competition
16:15 Closing Ceremony & Handing over of the Flag
16:30 Final Block