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.
The first day of the Qingdao Grand Prix 2015, China, took place today in the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium (Diamond Hall). A sunny day outside, it was also a beautiful day for the first five winners of the lightweight categories as the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg and men’s -60kg and -66kg were competing to add precious points towards Rio 2016 Olympic qualification.
Qingdao will showcase the seventh edition of the Qingdao Grand Prix this weekend. Held in the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium (Diamond Hall), the competition will gather together 379 athletes from 59 nations and will attribute points for the Olympic Qualification (gold: 300 points – silver: 180 points – bronze: 120 points – 5th: 60 points – 7th: 48 points – 1/16: 36 points – 1/32: 24 points – 1st fight won: 12 points – participation: 2 points).
West Vancouver judoka Ignacio Rodriguez climbed onto the third step of the Over 100 kg podium this Saturday, at the Oceania Open in Wollongong, Australia. This medal completes Canada’s four-medal haul in the competition.
A record number of 193 million viewers worldwide tuned in to television coverage from the World Judo Championships 2015, organised in Astana from August 24-30, 2015.
Saturday was an excellent day for Canadian judo at the African Open of Port Louis, Mauritius. After a period of erratic competition results, Canada raked in five medals at the competition – two gold, three bronze.
Kelita Zupancic finished fifth and Antoine Valois-Fortier came in seventh this Saturday at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam, in the United Arab Emirates.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2015, the fourth IJF Grand Slam of the season, concluded on Sunday as 148 judoka squared off at the IPIC Arena.