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European Cup Belgrado start with strong field
25 Sep 2015 21:30
This fifth jubilee edition of the European Cup in Belgrade gathered 277 athletes from 23 nations. The Serbian Judo Federation hosts the fifth jubilee edition with a field that is tougher than ever where many athletes will use this event as a bridge in their preparation for the European U23 Championships. For some countries it is seen as a qualification tournament for the European Championships which is held in November in Slovakia.
Serbian Judo Federation Ivan Todorov opened the official conduction of the draw by a few opening words. "Dear friends, it's my pleasure to host you again in Belgrade. I'm very honoured to see you in this big number, lot of old but lot of new faces among the coaches. As the organisers I hope that we will justify your expectations here. I wish you all good luck and good fights!" - the President of Serbian Judo Federation Ivan Todorov said before the official draw started.
Todorov was accompanied by EJU Sports Director Pavel Yasenovski, EJU Marketing Director Alexander Nagibin and EJU Member of Referee Commission Bernd Achilles.
Besides that athletes will try to do their best on the mat, here in Belgrade is also IJF B-licence examination which brought more than 40 referees in Serbia.
The 277 judoka is the seond best field ever, only in 2012 289 athletes competed in the capital of Serbia. Compatred to last year it's an increase of 25%.
Each day will start at 10.00 o'clock and a total of 56 medals can be captured over 14 weight categories. The men's category U73kg consists of 41 men, also the men's U81kg is considered strong with 33 men. In the women's division the U70kg event contains 20 women.
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