At the tenth Junior European Cup of the season 39 nations were present in Prague, more than in any other comparable event. Russia again showed it potential with three gold medals at this tough tournament. Some categories with more than 50 participants.
After winning nine titles in the cadet category the day before, Brazilian judokas were back on the mats on Saturday in Cali, in Colombia, for the Junior Pan American Championships. The Brazilian squad added seven more victories to their collection. Second nation was Mexico with two titles.
XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival is starting in Baku today. The festival will be held at 12 sports facilities July 21-27 and of course includes Judo. Judoka Vuqar Talibov, 15, was chosen to bear the National Flag of Azerbaijan at XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival Opening Ceremony on July 21.
Brazil was the strongest nation at the Pan American Cadet Championships in Cali, in Colombia. On the first day, the Brazilian squad won a total of nine gold medals and three silvers and three bronzes. The USA was second with three titles, followed by Colombia and Venezuela, both two titles. For Canada six medals but without a title.
In a little over a months’ time the world will focus its attention on Tokyo as the World Championships get underway. Judo returns to its homeland and with the 2020 Olympic Games ahead to be held in Tokyo, it will have viewers gripped throughout. We can’t wait for this year’s blockbuster.
More sad news in July as the world of judo it hit tremendously with the loss of athletes. Slovak former World Championships referee Marian Hefka passed away after he had a heavy heart attack in June and couldn't attend the European Games in Minsk. Hefka, aged 68, was still very active as EJU referee commissioner lived in Slovak capital Bratislava.
More sad news in July as the world of judo it hit tremendously with the loss of athletes. Slovak former Olympic referee Marian Hefka passed away after he had a stroke in June and couldn't attend the European Games in Minsk. Hefka, aged 68, was still very active as EJU referee commissioner lived in Slovak capital Bratislava.
Athletes from all over the world are shocked by the sudden death of 2005 World Champion Craig Fallon, the last Briton who became World Champion. It triggered many reactions from the world of judo including some of the current British team whether they trained with him or not, Craig made a great impression.
The World Championships will need Teddy Riner to give a pure blockbuster on the last day of the individual Worlds, however Teddy Riner will also need the World Championships to reach the qualifying zone for the 2020 Olympic Games. We'll explain to you.