IJF Judo Grand Slam Paris Day 1 Recap & Photos

The Paris Grand Slam 2015, the third IJF Grand Slam of the season, started on Saturday with a pulsating day of judo as the world spectacle opened the Accor Hotels Arena in the heart of the French capital.

Swift Elimination for Maple Leafers at Judo Paris Grand Slam

This Saturday’s Paris Grand Slam was not as productive a competition for Canadian judokas as last weekend’s women’s and men’s European Opens, in Portugal and Scotland. All six Maple Leafers were shown the door early on in the competition.

IJF Judo Paris Grand Slam 2015 Preview

The Paris Grand Slam 2015 has once again become the talking point of the sporting world as the world’s finest judoka are set grace the new-look Accor Hotel Arena (formerly Bercy) from Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 October in front of a 12,500 strong crowd.

IJF Unveils 2015 World Judo Day Theme: Unity

The International Judo Federation will host the fifth and most anticipated edition of the annual #WorldJudoDay on 28 October with UNITY selected as this year’s theme.

Loïc in the Spotlight at Sportel Monaco 2015

When you switch on the television to watch the Paris Grand Slam this weekend, a familiar face will be skirting the sidelines, eagerly quizzing the participating judoka and sharing his inside knowledge of the sport. But before you get thinking, Loic Pietri has not shifted to an alternate career yet.

Two Bronze Medals for Canada at Lisbon, Glasgow European Opens

Canada posted an excellent performance at this Saturday’s two European Opens: the women’s, in Lisbon, Portugal, and the men’s, in Glasgow, Scotland. Catherine Roberge climbed onto the third step of the podium in the Under 78kg, as did Sergio Pessoa in the men’s Under 60kg.

Participation of All Athletes to IJF Judo Events

Mr. Marius Vizer, IJF president: “In order to sustain and maintain the interest, professionalism and accuracy of the information but also the loyalty of those who are following us, as well as our members and partners, I have the pleasure to inform you that for the events of the International Judo Federation comprised in the World Judo Tour, including the World Championships, one Masters, 5 Grand Slams and 10 Grand Prix as annual events and which represent at the same time qualification criteria for the Olympic Games, IJF, together with the local organizing partners (LOC), have always ensured integrally the logistic conditions for participation of all the athletes to these events, including obtaining a visa for the countries which needed or need this procedure.”

IJF Grand Prix 2015 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Preview

The IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in Asia for the second time in 2015 as the stars of judo return to action in Uzbekistan at the Tashkent Grand Prix 2015 following August’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

IJF Kata & Veteran World Championships 2015 Amsterdam Preview

The IJF Kata and Veteran World Championships 2015 have attracted over 1,300 competitors to the heart of Europe to test themselves on the highest level from 19 – 24 September at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

IJF World Championships Astana Final Recap & Photos

The World Judo Championships 2015 was the talk of the sporting world for the final time on Sunday as the team competition concluded judo’s seven-day spectacle.

After six days of individual competition, which saw only one of 14 world champions from 2014 retain their title in record-breaking Teddy RINER (FRA), the world waited with expectations for the team event which has become a grand occasion in the sport. The women’s event featured 15 teams while the men’s event featured 14 teams with Japan the top seeds in the former and France occupying top billing in the latter.

Kyle Reyes Stopped in 2nd Round at Judo World Championships

Kyle Reyes was the last Canadian judoka to compete at the World Championships held in Astana, in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The athlete from Brampton, Ontario was eliminated in the second round, Saturday, by an opponent who is ranked fourth in the world in the under 100kg weight class.

IJF World Championships Astana Day 6 Recap & Photos

The World Championships 2015 provided one last unmissable day of individual action on Saturday as Olympic champion Teddy Riner won a record-breaking eighth world title in Astana and the Frenchman was the only judoka to retain their title from the 14 winners a year ago.

The team competition will bring the last World Championships before Rio 2016 Olympic Games to a close on Sunday as the world will have one more chance to see their heroes compete on the greatest stage on the IJF World Judo Tour.

Good First Experience for Renaud-Roy at World Championships

Competing for the first time in the World Judo Championships, Alix Renaud-Roy, ranked 32nd in the world, came in ninth in the Under 70kg class this Friday in Astana, Kazakhstan.

After beating Luxembourg’s Lynn Mossong with a waza-ari, Renaud-Roy was up against French Gevrise Emane, who disposed of the La Pocatière native with an ippon and went on to become the world’s champion in the category.

IJF World Championships Astana Day 5 Recap & Photos

Three new world champions were inaugurated at the World Championships on Thursday as a day of surprises sent shockwaves through the sport at the Alau Ice Palace.

The men’s -90kg and women’s -70kg and -78kg categories had their chance to shine in Astana as 138 judoka graced the tatami.

Bronze for Valois-Fortier at Judo World Championships

For the second consecutive year, Antoine Valois-Fortier climbed onto the World Judo Championships podium. This Thursday, in Astana (Kazakhstan), the Beauport native snatched the bronze in the Under 81kg class.

In his last bout of the day, the London Olympic Games bronze medallist triumphed over South Korean Seungsu Lee. Valois-Fortier’s only defeat of the day was in the semi-final, at the hands of French Loïc Pietri, who would go on to lose the final by ippon to Japan’s Takanori Nagase.

IJF World Championships Astana Day 4 Recap & Photos

The World Judo Championships produced a riveting day of judo as the defending world champions continued to tumble at the Alau Ice Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Day four saw 123 judoka compete across the men’s -81kg and women’s -63 categories with 75 men in action and 48 women bidding for gold at the last World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard So Close to Podium

After earning silver in the Junior World Championships of 2013 and bronze in 2014, Canadian judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard came very close to adding a medal to her collection on Wednesday, at the Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. She eventually succumbed in overtime in the Under 57kg bronze match, and finished the competition in fifth place.

IJF World Championships Astana Day 3 Recap & Photos

The World Judo Championships 2015 spectacle continued to grip fans at the Alau Ice Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan, and spectators watching around the world on Wednesday. On the third day of the IJF’s seven-day judo festival, 129 judoka were competing across two categories as 74 men fought in the -73kg category and 55 women were in action in the -57kg category.

Short Day for Bouchard and Guica at Judo World Championships

It was a short day for Canadian judokas on Tuesday at the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. Antoine Bouchard was eliminated in the second round in the Under 66kg class, while Ecaterina Guica, fighting in the Under 52kg, was stopped in her first match.

“It ended a little too quickly for my taste,” admitted Bouchard, defeated in his second bout of the day by world’s 9th-ranking judoka, Azerbaijani Nijat Shikhalizada.

Two-Match Day for Sergio Pessoa at World Judo Championships

Sergio Pessoa’s day at the World Judo Championships on Monday came to an end after two matches in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Competing in the Under 60kg, he won his first match against Hong Kong’s Kin Ting Yu, ranked 102nd in the world. Pessoa, currently 78th in the world, got his opponent to take three penalties, against two of his own, and moved through to the next round.

Klimkait, Rygielski on Third Step of Podium at Judo Euro Cup

Canadian judokas Jessica Klimkait and Martin Rygielski will not come home empty-handed from the Deva Junior European Cup, in Romania. Both of them earned the bronze in their respective classes.

Competing in the Under 57kg, Jessica Klimkait was off to a great start and won her first two matches, against Italian Samanta Fiandino and Israeli Adi Grossman.

BT Sport Joins Judo Broadcast Family

Mr. Marius Vizer, the IJF President “We are delighted that BT Sport has become our British broadcast partner for the World Championships of Judo. BT Sport has shown a remarkable liveliness and vigour in its promotion of sports since it came on the scene, and in many ways this matches Judo’s own ambitions to be fully recognised as a premier brand around the world. This has been achieved in many countries including Britain’s neighbour, France. But – despite judo’s proud history in the Olympic Games and its popularity with many generations of young people – judo has received too little television coverage in recent years in Britain. We are sure this is the start of a major swing towards judo being recognised in British households as a gripping and very exciting television sport for young and not-so-young alike.”

IJF Congress in Astana 2015 Recap

The IJF Congress, the first official and public business on the occasion of the World Judo Championships 2015 in Astana, Kazakhstan, took place on Friday at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

Mr. Jean-Luc ROUGE, IJF General Secretary and Mr. Naser AL-TAMIMI, IJF General Treasurer, were re-elected unopposed for four-year terms while four new IJF Executive Committee members were unveiled in the Kazakhstan capital ahead of the seven-day competition which starts on Monday.