The IJF just released the third opus of its series ‘Judo for the World’. This time we invite you to discover how judo is changing the life of the inhabitants of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. For a couple of weeks, these words (‘Hate brought me to judo, love made me stay’) have been echoing in our minds. Now in her twenties, how can Raissa have this analysis on a life that is surely already scarred by the difficulty to look toward a bright future? How come such an inner force took root in a mind that should still be dominated by the wanderings of post-adolescence? One could be in awe of such strength.
After the signature yesterday of a new partnership contract with the company TODINI, a worldwide known Italian society, the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer had the honor today to designate Al Bano, the famous Italian singer and actor, as the new IJF Ambassador.
After the first two days of competition, which saw the French delegation take the lead of the nation ranking and the Turkish delegation climb to the second place at home, while, especially on the second day, the younger generation of champions pointed its nose, the public of the Yasar Dogu Sports Arena in Samsun was awaiting the heavier categories. Thus the last five weight categories which competed today were: Women’s -78kg and +78kg and Men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg.
After a particularly successful first day yesterday, the Samsun Grand Prix continued today with four more categories: Women’s -63kg and -70kg and Men’s -73kg and -81kg. One of the noticeable aspect of today’s competition is the fact that many young athletes were able to enter the final block of the event, some of them disputing the first Grand Prix final of their young career. This was the case for instance in the -73kg were both, the former double U23 European Champion, Damian Szwarnowiecki of Poland and the North Korean KIM Chol-Gwang, were newcomers at this level. Other experienced competitors had more difficulties to go through the preliminary rounds and being among the top seeded athletes was not a guarantee to win a medal in Samsun.
The first day of the Samsun Grand Prix ended with a festive air for the host country as three Turkish athletes entered the final, while the organisers and the International Judo Federation could be pleased with the quality of the organisation which was flawless throughout the day. Five categories were engaged today: women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57 and men’s -60kg and -66kg.
The fourth edition of the Samsun Grand Prix is about to start in the metropolis on the north coast of Turkey. The next three days (April 1-3) therefore will bring strong emotions and world-class judo.
The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016 featured the heavyweights on the third and final day of competition in Georgia as the ippons flowed one last time at the New Sports Palace on Sunday.
The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016 saw Rio 2016 Olympic aspirations reignited and cast doubt upon for judoka in equal measure as the pressure and fascinating battle for the Games reached its most pivotal point thus far at the New Sports Palace on Saturday.
The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016, the third Grand Prix of this year’s IJF World Judo Tour, produced an exciting day of world-class action across the five lightest weight categories at the New Sports Palace.
The IJF World Judo Tour stops in Tbilisi this weekend (Friday 25 – Sunday 27 March) for the third edition of the Tbilisi Grand Prix as the first part of a double header with Turkey’s Samsun Grand Prix set to follow next week in a crucial stage of the race for Rio 2016 Olympic qualification.
Canada had quite a few representatives competing at the Breme Masters Tournament this Sunday in Germany. The last day of the competition was reserved for the Under 21s, and Shady El Nahas (Under 100 kg) took home a silver medal, while Kevin Gauthier (Over 100 kg) climbed on to the third step of the podium.
Canada won two medals in Germany this Saturday. At the U18 Masters tournament in Breme, Keagan Young snatched the Under 50 kg gold. Meanwhile at the women’s competition in Thuringia, Jessica Klimkait carved a place for herself on the second step of the podium.
Catherine Roberge got her hands on one of the two Under 78 kg bronze medals this Sunday at the PanAmerican Judo Open in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Canadian judokas Sergio Pessoa and Ecaterina Guica both made it to the podium this Saturday at the Buenos Aires PanAmerican Open. Competing in the Under 60 kg, Pessoa snatched the silver medal, while Guica walked away with the Under 52 kg bronze.
The second day of competition of the AQUECE Test Event, Rio 2016, took place today in the Carioca Arena.
Today the International Judo Federation celebrated the International Women’s Day (#IWD2016) by gathering all the women involved in the organisation of the Judo Test Event for Rio 2016. 45 women joined on the tatami of the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro: International Technical Officials (ITO), including IJF staff members and referees, and National Technical Official (NTO). This year’s theme of the IWD was #PledgeForParity: Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
‘AQUECE test event’ is the name given to all the test events organised in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Each sport included in the Olympic program organises a test and during the next two days (8 and 9 March 2016), it is judo which will be tested in real conditions, in the beautiful Carioca Arena of the Olympic Park. For this occasion, 20 delegations (five foreign – France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Lebanon – and 15 Brazilian delegations), counting 105 athletes in four weight classes, have gathered in Rio.
Catherine Roberge came close to a bronze medal at the Judo PanAmerican Open in the Peruvian capital of Lima, which wrapped up this Sunday. The Quebec athlete was defeated by Russian Alena Kachorovskaya in the fight for one of the Under 78 kg bronze medals.
Four wins and zero losses! Arthur Margelidon had a perfect record this Saturday at the Judo PanAmerican Open in Lima and climbed on to the highest step of the podium in the Under 73 kg class.
Cuba and its old cars, miraculously maintained since the fifties. Cuba and its faces, marked by decades of turbulent history. Cuba and its festive and colourful atmosphere which contrasts with the obvious difficulty of life in this Caribbean gem.
The Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 featured the heavyweights on the penultimate day of competition in Germany as 165 judoka took to the tatami in Germany at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle.
The Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 showcased 191 judoka over four weight categories as Olympic and world champions were among the competitors striving for gold on the road to Rio 2016 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle on Saturday.
This Saturday was quite productive for the Canadian judokas competing in the Düsseldorf Grand Prix, in Germany – not so much in terms of points, but certainly in experience.
he Canadian judokas would have liked to last longer on the Düsseldorf Grand Prix tatamis this Friday, in Germany. Ecaterina Guica (Under 52 kg) and Antoine Bouchard (Under 66 kg) finished the day with a 1-1 log, placing them in ninth.
The IJF World Judo Tour stops in Germany this weekend for the Dusseldorf Grand Prix as the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is set for some dramatic twists and turns at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle from Friday 19 – Sunday 21 February.
The third IJF event of the 2016 Olympic season, the Dusseldorf Grand Prix, will be the strongest Grand Prix of this four-year Olympic cycle thus far.
The Paris Grand Slam 2016 concluded on Sunday with the heavyweight elite powering to glory at the AccorHotels Arena to record crucial victories on the road to Rio 2016.
Ontario judoka Kyle Reyes made it to the second step of the podium in the Under 100 kg class in the Paris Grand Slam this Sunday.
The Paris Grand Slam 2016, the first IJF Grand Slam of the new and Olympic season, opened on Saturday with 276 judoka (155 men, 121 women) fighting on day one at the AccorHotels Arena.
This weekend, Canadian judokas are participating in an important competition, the Paris Grand Slam, in their quest to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.
The IJF World Judo Tour 2016 has arrived in France for the Paris Grand Slam 2016 as the stars of the sport aim for a major victory in a crucial Rio 2016 Olympic qualification event which takes place at the AccorHotels Arena from Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 February.
The IJF has produced an A-Z guide of all of the highlights of the world-renowned Paris spectacular and of what can be expected in 2016.