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.
Ontario judoka Jessica Klimkait finished a gruelling 12-match weekend on the second step of the Under 57 kg podium at the Arlon Judo Open, in Belgium.
It was a good day for Canadian judokas at the Arlon Open this Saturday, the under-21 day of the competition, which brought together nearly 300 athletes from 11 different countries.
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard had the best performance among the Canadian judokas competing this Friday at the Havana Grand Prix, in Cuba. The Saint-Hubert native finished just off the podium in the Under 57 kg division on the tournament’s opening day.
Beyond the postcard image of Cuba and its undeniable tourist attractiveness, it has become over the years and due to the excellent results of Cuban judo – despite the sometimes complicated training conditions – a major destination for many judoka. 386 of the best athletes in the world, from 66 nations, had made the trip to the Caribbean to compete for the 14 Havana Grand Prix titles.
The Havana Judo Grand Prix, in Cuba, came to a quick end for Team Canada. In the Under 78 kg, Catherine Roberge was eliminated after her second match, whereas Marc Deschênes was shown the door after his first bout, in the Under 100 kg.
Stéfanie Tremblay was the only Canadian athlete to win a match this Saturday, day two of the Havana Judo Grand Prix, in the Cuban capital.
After a strong first day full of emotions and spectacular judo, where team Brazil showed that it had entered the final phase of preparation for ‘its’ Olympic Games, there were four new weight categories and 124 athletes engaged today in the Sports City Coliseum for the second day of the second Grand Prix in Havana, Cuba.
The heavy morning rain refreshed the Havana atmosphere, while the first event of the year, the Havana Grand Prix 2016, Cuba, opened the doors of the IJF World Judo Tour 2016.
The official draw of the first event of the 2016 season took place today at the Melia Habana hotel. In fact the Havana Grand Prix 2016 in Cuba will be the kick-off of an important year of competition as all eyes are now looking towards the Rio Olympics.
The International Judo Federation was presented with the prize today (Thursday) by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council and Patron of the Awards, in a televised ceremony in Dubai, in the presence of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
On 11 March 2011, Japan was terribly hit by the biggest earthquake ever recorded in the archipelago. Less than half an hour later, giant waves rolled and swept everything.
The IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, commented on the IJF winning this prestigious award for the first time.
IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer recently visited Pyongyang in North Korea to discuss the bid from the Asian country to host the 2017 Junior World Judo Championships.
Arthur Margelidon had the best performance among Canadian judokas this Saturday at the Tokyo Grand Slam, in Japan. The Montrealer came in seventh in the Under 73 kg class, after being eliminated in the first round of repechage.
When being asked about the possibility to have the team event at the Olympic Games, the IJF President answered: “I am convinced that the team event at the Olympic Games can only increase the value of our sport and be beneficial for everyone.
After a first day of competition under the sign of Japan with five wins out of a possible five, this second day of competition at the Grand Slam Tokyo 2015 was announced to be exciting with the four categories engaged today: women’s -63kg and -70kg and men’s -73kg and -81kg.
It was a short day for Canadians Jessica Klimkait and Antoine Bouchard at the Tokyo, Japan Grand Slam this Friday. Both judokas were eliminated from the competition when they lost their first matches of the day.
Coming back to Tokyo for the last event of the season is always something special for all the participants and organisers. Today was the first day of competition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and five categories were engaged: women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg and men’s -60kg and -66kg.
From 4 to 6 December, the 2015 Tokyo Grand Slam, Japan, will be held at the Metropolitan Gymnasium and will be the last event of a sporting season that was particularly rich with action and excitement.
The Jeju Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix of the year, reached its conclusion on Saturday as four current Olympic champions took to the tatami in South Korea at the Halla Gymnasium.
The Jeju Grand Prix 2015 showcased 128 judoka across four weight categories as the world’s premier judoka took one step closer to qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Halla Gymnasium on Friday.
The Jeju Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix of the year, got underway on Thursday with 148 judoka fighting in South Korea across the five lightest weight categories at the Halla Gymnasium.
The final IJF Grand Prix of the season will see 422 judoka from 70 nations compete at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea, from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 November.
Recording artist Andrea Bocelli becomes the latest IJF Ambassador. The singer-songwriter, was presented with IJF Ambassador status by the IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer in Budapest which is home to the IJF Presidential Office. Mr. Vizer said: “This is a great honour for the international judo community to have such a great person, human being and artist as the new IJF ambassador.”
The remaining give weight categories of the Qingdao Judo Grand Prix 2015, China, were decided on Sunday as the men’s -90kg, -100kg and -100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg judoka engrossed supporters in the competition.
Today was the second day of competition at the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium (Diamond Hall) and four categories were engaged as the men’s -73kg, -81kg and women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka were in action.