The latest Judo News offered by

Polish Judo Federation Celebrates 60 years of History

11 Dec 2017 10:40

   David Finch /

Last weekend, the Polish Judo Federation celebrated its 60th anniversary in Warsaw. Polish Judo Federation President President Jacek Zawadka hosted various distinguished guests in the world of judo and Polish sports.

The most important heroes of the evening were the judoka, especially the medalists of the world's largest events. The group of Olympic medalists was represented by Antoni Zajkowski, Olympic silver medallist in 1972. Many world and European medalists were also invited to join on the stage. Great coach, Ryszard Zieniawa, received the 9 Dan. During his speech, he remembered "how the Poles defeated the Japanese and how they won the 2nd place in the team classification at the Games in Seoul".

During the gala, films about Polish judo, history of our discipline at the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships were presented.

Polish Judo have raised a few sporting heroes such as double Olympic Champion Waldemar Legien (1988-1992) and 1996 Olympic Champion Pawel Nastula. Nastula was also double World Champion in 1995 and 1997 and together with Rafal Kubacki they were the face of Polish Judo. Heavyweight Kubacki was World Champion in 1993 and 1997. Beata Maksymow was a famous heavyweight judoka in the women’s division being world champion in 1993 and 1999.

In total Poland celebrated 19 European titles between 1975 and 2007, ten years ago. Last year the European Championships were held in Warsaw. The Polish women captured the European team title in 2016 in Kazan.

Watch the Polish Judo page on JudoInside with all successes.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • European Championships Warsaw (2017, POL) - © Christian Fidler
  • Pawel Nastula (POL)
  • Waldemar Legien (POL) - Olympic Games Barcelona (1992, ESP) - © David Finch,

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


All about Polish double Olympic Champion Waldemar Legien

1 Jul 2018 03:20

Waldemar Legien was the third player to have won two Olympic gold medals. Hitoshi Saito (JPN) and Peter Seisenbacher (AUT) both won theirs in 1984 and 1988 while Legien got his in '88 and '92. Read more


Judo in the time of Covid-19: Aleksandar Kukolj

16 May 2020 11:40

Serbian judoka Aleksandar Kukolj became European Champion in the same year as his rival Nemanja Majdov won the World title, both unexpected, both indescribable and unique surprises for their country. It set Serbia on the Judo map. Former World number one Kukolj is a gifted technician and can concentrate until he imagines the film of the fight that is yet to come. With JudoCrazy’s Oon Yeoh Aleksandar Kukolj talks about his motivation, his academics, his rival ad his future. Read more


Super year for Aleksandar Kukolj, champion and father since Friday

23 Sep 2017 15:45

Aleksandar Kukolj gave himself a break for a very good reason. The European Champion of Warsaw in April became father on Friday and while his wife is still in hospital Kukolj is in the sports venue for the European Open in Belgrade to promote the event, hand out signature, talk about judo and support his friends. Although he is a family man, he is also a passionate judo lover. Read more


World number one Rustam Orujov: only the world title counts

18 May 2017 20:00

When you get to Baku, just mention the name of Rustam Orujov in the street, the store, the subway, the bus stop, or any other place and you will immediately see the people's distinctive love and respect toward the current number one of the World Ranking U73kg and runner up of the Olympic Games. Georgian young reporter Nikoloz Gurini interviewed Orujov. Read more


Maryna Slutskaya first female European Champion for Belarus

22 Apr 2017 22:30

There was yet another miracle on Saturday at the European Championships in Warsaw. Maryna Slutskaya became the first woman ever to win the European title for her country, Belarus. The heavyweight, coached by Leonid Svyrid, claimed the European title after she defeated Svitlana Iaromka of the Ukraine in the final. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
Result City Date


First description Second description Third description Four description