Full text of Marius L. Vizer’s resignation letter announcing his decision to step down as SportAccord President.
Quebec judoka Étienne Briand is leaving Romania with a bronze medal around his neck. He beat France’s Guillaume Chaine in the fight for the third place, at the European Open in Cluj Napoca, on Saturday.
“The day was off to a difficult start, but after repechage, things started to look up for me,” said the Sept-Îles native. “In the match for the bronze, I was up against Chaine, who I think is a great athlete, a very physical judoka. I had already lost to him this year, just after Christmas. And as always, this fight was intense from the very start. He managed to get me to take two penalties, but then he slowed down a bit. Eventually I got him to take four penalties and I won.”
Judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier came in fifth in the Under 81kg this Sunday, at the World Masters Championships in Rabat, Morocco.
With two penalties, he lost the fight for the bronze medal to Georgia’s Avtandili Tchrikishvili, world champion, who was penalized only once during the match. “I could have managed the match better,” says the Quebec native. “I should not have lost. He scored a yuko and I couldn’t bounce back.”
The second day of the World Judo Masters, Mohammed VI, Rabat, Morocco, featured the last seven categories as the women’s -70kg, -78kg and 78kg and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg judoka were all in action at the Palace of Sport.
Canadian judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard came in fifth in the Under 57kg class on Saturday, at the World Masters Tournament in Rabat, Morocco.
In the fight for the bronze, the Saint-Hubert native, ranked ninth in the world, succumbed to Nae Udaka, gold medallist in the last World Championships.
The first day of the World Judo Masters, Mohammed VI, in Rabat, Morocco, featured the first seven categories as the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and 63kg and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all in action at the Palace of Sport. With the top sixteen athletes per weight category being engaged, a show was guaranteed and the enthusiastic public was not disappointed, as round after round, the quality of judo was increasing. Broadcasted in over 150 countries, the event, which is offering 700 points to the winners, will definitely mark the beginning of a new period of development for judo worldwide.
Just one more paragraph for the intro: At the end of this first day, Mr. Vizer, the IJF President declared: “This a very good organisation and Morocco put a lot of effort to organize the World Masters. I especially want to thank His Majesty, the Kind Mohammed VI, for his great support. I also want to thank Teddy Riner, who played a key role to host the event in the country. My gratitude goes also to the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the National Olympic Committee of Morocco and the National Judo Federation, as well as to all those who participated in that success. Having the best judo players in the world guarantees to have a very high level of judo and that is what we had all day long. Throughout the preliminary rounds and the final block, we saw a lot of scores and I hope that tomorrow it will be the same. The World Masters are being held in Africa for the first time. It will open many doors to the development of judo in the continent. It is a very good motivation for all the judo players and beyond.“
The IJF World Judo Tour has now moved on to Morocco for the invite-only World Judo Masters event which will take place from 23-24 May at the Palace of Sport in Rabat. For the very first time in history, after Suwon (KOR 2010), Baku (AZE 2011), Almaty (KAZ 2012) and Tyumen (RUS 2013) the event gathering the top sixteen athletes per weight category will be held on the African soil. Under the patronage of the King of Morocco, his Highness Mohammed VI, the World Judo Masters will offer 700 points to the winners.
Ontario judoka Tony Walby competed in the quarterfinals in the Under 90kg class at the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games in Seoul, South Korea.
After benefiting from an exemption out of the first round, Walby scored two waza-aris and beat Japan’s Aramitsu Kitazono by ippon.
It was a short day for the two Canadian judokas at the IBSA World Championships, in Seoul, South Korea. Alexander Radoman (Under 81kg) and Priscilla Gagné (Under 52kg) tallied 0-2 and 0-1, respectively, in the multisport competition for visually-impaired athletes.
In his first match, Radoman lost by ippon to Mexico’s Eduardo Sanchez.
Justin Karn, the only Canadian in action on the tatami on the first day of the IBSA World Judo Championships, earned a seventh place in the Under 60kg class on Wednesday, in Seoul, South Korea. At the end of the day, the Guelph athlete had tallied three wins and two losses.
More than 250 competitors from about 40 countries took part in the multisport competition for visually-impaired athletes.
The Baku Grand Slam 2015 produced a stirring third and final day as the heavyweights lit up the Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre with a flurry of ippons on Sunday.
The Azerbaijan audience saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.
The Baku Grand Slam 2015 thrilled the home supporters on day two as the home nation delivered a second gold medal at the Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre on Saturday.
On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories as 132 judoka were in action in Baku. An expectant partisan crowd turned out in great numbers to support their charges including Azerbaijan’s world number five Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) who was one of 40 judoka in the -73kg category which also included Olympic champion at -66kgs Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO).
‘Start again with a clean slate’ is surely a refrain this weekend for Canadian judokas at the Baku Judo Grand Slam in Azerbaijan; only one Canadian was able to win a single bout on the tatami.
After Ecaterina Guica and Patrick Gagné were halted in their first matches on Friday, Monika Burgess was the only Canadian to see a victory this Saturday; Alix Renaud-Roy, Stéfanie Tremblay, Arthur Margelidon, and Alexis Morin-Martel all were defeated in their first rounds.
Some days are best left forgotten, and today, Friday, has been one of them for Quebec judokas Ecaterina Guica and Patrick Gagné, who both were defeated in their first matches at the Baku Judo Grand Slam in Azerbaijan.
Guica – world-ranked 32nd in the Under 52kg class – saw her day on the tatami end courtesy American Angelica Delgado, ranked 21st internationally. The Montreal native received two penalties, versus her adversary’s single penalty.
The first IJF Grand Slam of the season produced a pulsating day of judo on Friday as the home fans were in full voice at the Baku Grand Slam 2015 to rally their home team and welcome the world’s leading nations at the atmospheric Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre.
The three-day event has attracted 356 judoka from 48 nations with the European portion all intent on returning in June for the inaugural European Games.
The first Grand Slam of the IJF World Judo Tour 2015 is all set as Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku hosts one of Olympic sport’s flagship events at the Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre from Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May.
The ever-changing city is set to stage the first European Games in June with over 6,000 athletes arriving to compete in 20 sports including judo which will no doubt be one of the leading attractions.
The only Canadian in action on the tatami Sunday, the last day of the Zagreb Judo Grand Prix in Croatia, Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi finished just shy of the podium in fifth place in the Under 78kg class.
In the final for two bronze medals up for grabs, the judoka from La Prairie (Quebc) was defeated by seventh world-ranked athlete, Hungary’s Abigel Joo, who scored an ippon in the first minute of the bout.
The Zagreb Grand Prix 2015 came to a riveting conclusion as the heavyweights fought for IJF silverware at the Dom Sportova Arena on Sunday.
Croatian fans saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.
The Zagreb Grand Prix 2015 was the talk of Croatia on Saturday as Olympic and world champions took to the tatami and the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda GRABAR-KITAROVIC, officially opened the Grand Prix at the Dom Sportova Arena.
On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and in the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories. World champion Clarisse AGBEBGNENOU (FRA) and Olympic bronze medallist VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) were on -63kg and -81kg duty respectively while Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) was anxious to boost his chances of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics to defend his title.
Kelita Zupancic stepped onto the third step of the podium in the Under 70kg class, Saturday, at the Zagreb Grand Prix in Croatia. In her battle for the bronze, the Ontario native defeated Poland’s Katarzyna Klys (world-ranked 11th) with a waza-ari.
“She controlled the whole match, and never allowed herself to be in any danger. The Polish girl couldn’t find a way to answer Kelita,” noted Team Canada Coach Sasha Mehmedovic.
The Zagreb Grand Prix 2015 crowned five gold medallists on an eventful opening day in the Croatian capital as two of the top seeds suffered early exits while rising stars emerged at the Dom Sportova Arena.
The fourth IJF Grand Prix of the season opened with action in the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories.
Day One of the Croatian Grand Prix in Zagreb, finished earlier than expected for Canadian judokas. Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, Antoine Bouchard and Ecaterina Guica were all eliminated in their first bouts, today, Friday.
In the Under 52kg class, Guica – world ranked 32nd – was defeated by Spain’s Laura Gomez (15th in the world).
The IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in Croatia for the country’s third and most anticipated Grand Prix with a record-breaking entry and an enthused public set to illuminate Zagreb.
The Zagreb Grand Prix 2015 will capture the imagination of the public at the Dom Sportova Arena from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 May. This year a record-breaking 439 judoka from 55 nations will compete over the next three days as the entry level has increased in volume and quality year-on-year since Rijeka in 2013 and the last visit to Zagreb a year ago.
Canada’s Women’s Team were crowned Pan American Champions, while the Men’s Team earned the bronze, Sunday evening in team competitions at the Pan American Judo Championships in Edmonton.
“The women’s performance was exceptional, fantastic,” enthused National Team Coach and High Performance Director Nicolas Gill.
Honouring the spirit of sports, participation and competition, the following winners were awarded in each of the six categories on the night.
Antoine Bouchard had a perfect path that lead straight to the top of the podium Saturday at the Pan American Judo Championship in Edmonton, Alberta. On the second day of competitions, Canadian athletes also won an additional three medals, thanks to stellar performances by Arthur Margelidon, Ecaterina Guica, and Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard – all three of whom will take home bronze medals.
Competing in the Under 66kg category, Antoine Bouchard was able to make good use of a pass beyond the opening round before facing and beating Aruba’s Jaymes Mata and Mexico’s Angel Hernandez.
Kelita Zupancic enabled Team Canada to start the Pan American Judo Championships on the right foot Friday, with her gold medal win in Edmonton, Alberta, while teammates Antoine Valois-Fortier and Kyle Reyes both earned bronze medals.
Less than 18 months before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Judo Canada announces the coaches who will be following the Canadian judokas in their quest towards excellence.
Nicolas Gill, national head coach and High Performance director, will be accompanied by 3 other coaches. Michel Almeida will be the assistant for the men’s team while Sasha Mehmedovic will be taking the same role with the women. The team will be completed with Janusz Pawlowski, who is also the assistant coach for the national team since the beginning of this year.
With just under a month to go for the SportAccord Convention World Sport and Business Summit in Sochi, Russia, SportAccord President, Marius L. Vizer spoke with Euronews about his tenure in office ahead of the presidential elections during the annual meeting of the sports industry.
The Samsun Grand Prix 2015 came to a riveting finale as the heavyweights went toe-to-toe on the third day at the Yasar Dogu Sports Arena on Sunday. The remaining 156 athletes competed for the title of Grand Prix winner. This Grand Prix concluded the first part of the year as the next IJF World Judo Tour event will take place in Croatia with the Zagreb Grand Prix 2015, from May 1 to 3, with April being traditionally dedicated to the continental championships.
Mr. Vladimi Barta said: “Today was the last day of competition in Samsun. The event is a great success. We had really good judo over the weekend. We can particularly underline that today we had many fighters in the havy weight categories and that the level was really good. I was impressed by the French Malonga, in -78kg, who demonstrated all her tallent today and who is very promissing for the future.“
The Samsun Grand Prix 2015 produced a brilliant second day of competition as four categories (men’s -73kg and -81kg and women’s -63kg and -70kg) were in action at the Yasar Dogu Sports Arena. 169 athletes competed in front of an enthusiastic all-red-dressed public, who came to support their home favourites and to cheer for the beautiful judo that has been delivered by the competitors for the last two days.
184 athletes competed on the tatami at the ‘Yasar Dogu Sports Arena’ in Samsun, Turkey on the occasion of the opening day of the Samsun Grand Prix 2015. After three fantastic days of judo in Tbilisi last weekend, all judoka came to Turkey to win some more important points for the Olympic qualification. Thus, on day one the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories kicked off the action.