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Netherlands and Romania dominate first judo day in Prague

27 Feb 2021 20:20

The Netherlands and Romania were the two most dominant nations at the European Open in Czech Republic. Under remarkable conditions the European Open was held in the city where last year a successful European Championships were organised. Both the Dutch and Romanian team were able to capture three titles. Belgian won gold U52kg by Amber Ryheul. Read more


Grand Slam of Paris cancelled

27 Feb 2021 19:00

The Paris Grand Slam this year will be cancelled. It was postponed to May, but in a call on Friday it was confirmed that the traditional tournament in the heart of judo will not be held. The date of 8-9 May will now be used for a Grand Slam in Russia. Since 2017 Ekaterinburg was the city of the Grand Slam in Russia, however the city will still be announced. President of the French Judo federation Stéphane Nomis announced the news. Read more


Super Japanese team announced for Grand Slam Tashkent

26 Feb 2021 19:25

The Grand Slam in Tashkent, from March 5 to 7 will have a strong Japanese team. Eleven athletes are selected. Shohei Ono is unfortunately missing as he originally planned to fight in the capital of Uzbekistan. Ono suffers a small injury to the left thigh. Read more


Pregnant Canadian judoka Kelita Zupancic retires

25 Feb 2021 22:55

After representing Canada for twelve years on the international judo stage, Kelita Zupancic has retired from her athletic career. Although the decision was not an easy one, Zupancic has plenty of exciting new projects to look forward to in the next chapter of her life. Recently Sally Conway and Alice Schlesinger retired as well as last year’s decisions of Ami Kondo, Kathrin Unterwurzacher, Riki Nakaya, Dirk van Tichelt, Laura Vargas Koch among others. Read more


IJF World Tour Heads to Tashkent for Grand Slam

25 Feb 2021 18:30

In 2021, Central Asia will host one of the most prestigious judo tournaments. January 15 was the remarkable date on which the decision came about. On this date, the International Judo Federation (IJF), along with the Judo Federation of Uzbekistan, agreed on a contract. Hence, the world senior championships will take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2021. Read more


Refugee Olympic Team for judo announced in June

25 Feb 2021 14:50

At the Olympic Games in Rio, two Olympic Refugee athletes participated in judo. For the Tokyo Olympic Games Olympic Solidarity is currently supporting 55 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders, who are training in the hope of competing at Tokyo 2020 this summer. They come from 13 countries and are hosted by 21 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) across all 5 continents, representing 12 sports. Read more


Qualified Gili Cohen: Judo more than sport

25 Feb 2021 08:30

Gili Cohen is a veteran of the Israeli women’s team, a full time athlete for almost half her life and on at day one of the Grand Slam in Tel Aviv she qualified for her second Olympic Games. The IJF Team spoke to Cohen. Read more

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