Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Ilias Iliadis boosts Uzbek team with experience and motivation
29 Nov 2019 12:55
It was nine years ago since Uzbekistan captured multiple medals at the Grand Slam in Tokyo. A remarkable results, perhaps with a little magic of Ilias Ilias, Uzbekistan’s new head coach. On the last day of the Grand Slam in Osaka, Davlat Bobonov and Alisher Yusupov captured a medal for their country.
The country of former judo rock stars Rishod Sobirov, Abdullo Tangriev and Armen Bagdasarov always delivers new top athletes. Sharafuddin Lutfillaev, Diyorbek Urozboev, Yakhyo Imamov and current IJF referee Ramziddin Sayidov are some of those familiar names. Sobirov is a double World Champion and he captured Olympic bronze in 2012 and 2016 as well. With the Grand Prix of Tashkent the nation has its own pride with an international World Tour event.
With Ilias Iliadis as new surprising coach, Uzbekistan is drawing its ambitions in the international podium. With their two medals in Osaka, the short term effect is already achieved. Iliadis was not coaching Bobonov in the final on Sunday though. Uzbek President Armen Bagdasarov won Olympic silver at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
Iliadis who is a triple World Champion and the 2004 Olympic Champion, always kept the contact with judo. He trains like hell, is always in for a demo or even a small entertaining comeback, but foremost he is a judo treasure with experience, training motivation and one of the biggest judo icons in the world.
This year Sharafuddin Lutfillaev led in the World final U60kg in Tokyo but gave it away to an excellent Lukhumi Chkhvimiani (GEO). It could have been the fourth World title for his country after Sobirov (2), Tangriev (2011). Still it is a good motivation to move forward and the number of medals in the IJF World Tour are increasing. Five titles in 2019 compared to the two gold medals in 2018 and three in 2017. The total number of medals improves those of 2017, 22 against 18 with even more finals.
Of the 209 medals ever won by Uzbek athletes in the IJF World Tour since 2009 only 15 were achieved by women, only two outside Uzbekistan. In terms of gender equity there's some work to do and this will take perhaps 8-12 years.
You will understand that most medals in the World Tour are won in the category U60kg, however most gold medals in U73kg by Boboev, Turaev and Farmonov. For sure the U90kg, and in fact everyone will get a boost from the experience and energy of the new head coach Ilias Iliadis.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
For the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, many judo fans were still hopeful of yet another showdown between Jeon Ki-Young and Hidehiko Yoshida, who was the defending Olympic champion but this was not to be as Yoshida got thrown for ippon in the first round by Adrian Croitoru of Romania. An overly confident Yoshida should have been more careful as Croitoru had given him a hard time at the 1995 Tokyo World Championships. Oon Yeoh writes about the best ever judoka from Korea: Jeon Ki-Young. Read more
Excitement all over in Marrakech where this week the Junior World Championships will be hosted. The future of judo gathered in judo city of Morocco with the official draw conducted as first official event of the Junior Worlds. Read more
The male judoka in Uzbekistan have always been much more important in history, Armen Bagdasarov was one of the first with a huge success as vice Olympic champion in 1996. Read more
At the IJF Referee seminar in the Kodokan in Tokio this week guidelines were provided to the national referees attending. A group of scoring cases were discussed both with video support and the second day in practice. Haruki Uemura, President of the Japan Judo Federation made an introduction and welcomed the participants of the seminar. Read more
The Grand Prix of Tashkent will show us the new generation aiming for qualification for Tokyo in 2020, although that’s far away. The World Championships in Budapest or European Championships in Warsaw next year are more realistic targets. Read more
Nathon Burns (IRL)