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Bernard Etoga passes away at the age of 37

31 Dec 2020 17:30

Cameroon judoka Bernard Sylvain Mvondo Etoga passed away at the last day of the year 2020. For years, Bernard Etoga has represented his country and Africa in the biggest international competitions. He was born in 1983 in Yaounde and was just 37 years. In 1997 he was a finalist at the Games for French Speaking countries, while a few years later he won a medal at the Commonwealth Games (2002), in Manchester. Read more


Why 2020 was a memorable judo year

31 Dec 2020 16:20

You may not want to believe it, but for some athletes or developments it still was a good judo year. Obviously we realise we still want to forget most of the year were Covid-19 dominated the newspapers, dominated sport and spoiled many judo tournaments at all levels and age categories. Read more


The day Israel Hernandez defeated Joshiro Maruyama’s dad

30 Dec 2020 16:35

JudoInside was already present at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where we saw a stylish Cuban player Israel Hernandez. He impressed us but now we realise that his opponent Kenji Maruyama is the father of the current World Champion, Joshiro Maruyama. On his way to winning his first Olympic bronze medal both met in the Palau Blau Grana. Hernandez would go on to win a second Olympic bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. JudoCrazy's Oon Yeoh recaptures this special contest. Read more


Qatar in preparation of IJF Masters and 2023 Worlds

30 Dec 2020 08:30

Top athletes are preparing the World Masters where the top 36 of the world per category are invited in Doha, Qatar from 11-13 January. It’s the first IJF World Tour event of the exciting year 2021. Qatar is a sportshub but also the host of the 2023 World Championships. Read more


Hong Kong Judo wants to stage Olympic judo qualifier

29 Dec 2020 17:45

The Hong Kong Judo Association is hoping to obtain government approval to stage an Olympic qualification tournament early next year to boost home judokas’ hopes of making it to Tokyo next summer. In December the Asian Open in Hong Kong was cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation. Hong Kong hosted the Asian Open three years in a row as follow up of the Hong Kong International Tournament. Hong Kong also hosted the Asian Championships. Read more


Barbara Matic athlete of the year in Croatia

28 Dec 2020 14:05

Barbara Matic was elected as best Croatian athlete of the year together with handball player Domagoj Duvnjak. Barbara Matic became the first martial arts athlete to win the Sportske Novosti trophy, in the competition of her national teammate Karla Prodan, a bronze medalist from the European Championships in Prague, the best Croatian tennis player Petra Martic, and world diving record holder Mirela Kardasevic. Read more

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Kayla Harrison in the waiting room for next battle

28 Dec 2020 14:00

Double Olympic Judo Champion Kayla Harrison will have to wait for her next appearance in MMA. She was supposed to be fighting at the Titan FC 66, but her opponent is in hospital after dehydration. Read more

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