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Tel Aviv kicks off the World Tour in ultimate judo year

17 Jan 2020 10:20

As soon as 2019 came to end, we all realised that 2020 is the main year in the Olympic cycle and catches all attention of world wide judo fans. Next week, IJF Tour will start its Olympic year in Tel Aviv with the Grand Prix in Israel which will host a huge number of top judokas. Just few weeks before the main plate of this first quarter of the year, the Paris Grand Slam at 8-9 February. Read more


Tashkent host city of the 2021 Judo World Championships

15 Jan 2020 17:20

The IJF and Uzbekistan Judo Federation have signed an agreement to host the World Senior Championships 2021 in Tashkent in Uzbekistan. Tashkent is located in the heart of the Central Asia and has been a well-renowned stop on the World Judo Tour since 2013. The Judo Federation of Uzbekistan also has great experience in organizing other high-level judo events, such as Continental Championships and Continental Opens. Read more


IJF Referee boss Jan Snijders awarded ninth Dan

12 Jan 2020 11:15

IJF Head of Refereeing Jan Snijders was awarded the ninth Dan on Sunday in his hometown Eindhoven in the Netherlands. 76-Year old Snijders started judo in 1954. During the years 1962 to 1972, he was a member of the Dutch national team. He was a referee at seven world championships and at several Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992). Recently he Was in hospital for 8 weeks due to an infection and was temporarily replaced as IJF Head of refereeing by Daniel Lascau. Snijders was already ninth Dan last year but today was the official celebration. Read more


Snow and sweat at first OTC of 2020 in Mittersill

8 Jan 2020 14:35

The 27th edition of the Olympic Training Centre in Mittersill is in full force. The Austrian village close to Salzburg is the traditionally host of the top judoka around the world for the opening of the season and a bit of snow is just pleasure. Read more

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Judo analytics starting to get traction at Federations and clubs

8 Jan 2020 13:05

The movie Moneyball had a huge impact how people thought about their sports in terms of analysing it. In American Sports, statistics were of importance for years. America coaches were practicing the analytical study of baseball before judo was even born. Read more


The clashes for 2020 to look out for

2 Jan 2020 09:05

The IJF World Masters was the last meet of the year, with travel to Qingdao on the cards for the world’s elite judoka. With the 2019 calendar now closed and preparations well under way for an explosive 2020 it’s the domestic rivalries that will provide much of the fervour. Read more


Sagi Muki concludes successful 2019 as top earner

31 Dec 2019 11:05

The IJF will continue its end-of-year tradition of awarding a prize money bonus to all 14 world number ones on the final IJF World Ranking List for 2019. The bonus, which was first introduced in 2016, will see the world number one’s in each of the 14 weight categories scoop a bonus of $10,000 per judoka. Read more

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