Friday, October 31, 2014

Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -60kg | -66kg 

The first day of the first Judo Grand Slam (after five editions of the Grand Prix) in Abu Dhabi was completed in the UAE capital with the first five gold medals which were awarded at the end of a day of beautiful and spectacular judo. Today 61 men and 64 women were in action in five categories: men’s -60kg and 66kg and women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg. 


Dr. Lisa Allan, the IJF competition manager said: “From an organizational point of view, the UAE Judo federation really did a great job. There are a lot of improvements compared to last year. The hall looks fantastic. After this first day of competition, we can be really proud of the job done by everybody. If there are still some areas to be improved, we can confirm that this is a real Grand Slam and I am sure that next year it will be even better. Knowing that several years ago, judo was not developed at all in the UAE, this is really impressive. The organizing committee is keen to work in close cooperation with the IJF and this is appreciated.”

Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sport Director, and Armen Bagdasarov, the IJF Sport Director, agreed to say: ”Today we have seen really beautiful judo. Fight after fight the level was increasing while the best players of the day were entering the final rounds of the preliminaries.” Mr. Barta added: “We can see a new generation showing that we will have to count on them for the future. Young juniors are already ready to fight in the senior categories. This is very positive.”

Naser Al Tamimi, the IJF General Treasurer, who is leading the organizing team here in Abu Dhabi under the leadership of H.E. Mohammed Bin Tha’aloob Al Dirai, President of the UAE Judo Federation, said: “We are really happy so far. We put a lot of effort to organize this Grand Slam. It is only the beginning but the result looks really good. We got some really good feedback from the IJF and that is what is important for us.”

One important aspect that reflects the level of the event is the TV production. According to the IJF TV department, the best equipment possible is available to film the combats in all possible angles. This includes several super slow motion cameras and a crane camera for top images. The final block today and in the two upcoming days, will be filmed and broadcasted in high definition. Nine replays are immediately available after each action. But the TV coverage starts from the very first fights of the preliminary rounds. A studio for live transmission from the field of play is also available for the national TV. All together it represents more than 40 people involved for the TV production.


Andreea BUZATU (born ISARESCU), Olympic (Sydney 2000) and World Champion in gymnastics, who is now working in Abu Dhabi, was present today for this first day of competition. She said: « Judo is amazing. I was a gymnast and I know the feeling to be competing at that level. I am impressed by the public which were quite numerous today. I came here last year as well and I’m happy to be present again. It’s always a pleasure to watch high level sport. »


The best judo players of the day were: Telma MONTEIRO (POR) and Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR).

FOLLOW THE COMPETITION


WOMEN

-48kg:  More Points for the World Number One, Urantsetseg MUNKHBAT (MGL)

The first final of the day opposed world number one and 2013 world champion, Urantsetseg MUNKHBAT (MGL) and world number eight and double European champion, CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN). A first shido was given to CSERNOVICZKI for not respecting the limit of the fighting area and a few seconds later the Hungarian was sent to the tatami with a precise ko-uchi-gari from MUNKHBAT for waza-ari. Despite a second and a third shido given to the Mongolian, she could keep her advantage to win another major title and gain more points to remain on the top of the World Ranking List.


The first bronze medal fight opposed, Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR) and Taciana LIMA (GBS). After a minute, Lima was penalized with a first shido for passivity, as she looked dominated by LOKMANHEKIM. But half way to the end, Lima scored with a first uchimata for yuko, followed immediately by a second yuko. The two athletes entered the last minute with a small but still strong lead by LIMA who started to defend. As a consequence she was penalized a second time. 12 second before the end, LOKMANHEKIM also scored a yuko, giving her a little hope but Lima again scored with an opportunist uki-goshi and immobilized her opponent for ippon.

In the second bronze medal fight, Violeta DUMITRU (ROU), for the first time at that level of competition met the bronze medallist of the last Asian Games, Mi KIM Sol (PRK). The first penalty was given to the Romanian after 2 minutes and 30 seconds for a wrong cross-grip position. Keeping the smallest advantage (1 penalty) until the end, KIM won the first medal of here delegation, confirming what Mr. BARTA declared earlier during the day: “North Korea is back. They are here in Abu Dhabi with a strong team.”

Final
MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)

Bronze Medal Fights
LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR) vs. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)
DUMITRU, Violeta (ROU) vs. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)


Final Results
1. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)
2. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)
3. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)
3. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)
5. DUMITRU, Violeta (ROU)
5. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)
7. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
7. JIANG, Yahong (CHN)



-52kg: KELMENDI Again Reaches the Summit

As a remake of the last World Championships in Chelyabinsk, the final of the day opposed the world number one and double World Champion, Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) and Andreea CHITU (ROU) who won the last Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent a couple of weeks ago. With her World champion red back number perfectly attached to her judogi, Kelmendi once again looked untouchable throughout the day, even if the French EURANIE impeached her to develop her explosive judo. After two minutes, CHITU, being under the pressure of the world number one, received a first penalty for passivity. CHITU put all her power in a risky uchi-mata attempt, from where KELMENDI easily escaped to counter attack with her own left-handed uchi-mata for waza-ari. And once again, the 23-year-old from Kosovo won a major title. Who will be able to stop her?


For the first bronze medal fight, Joana RAMOS (POR), one of the top eight seeded athletes faced Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS), world number four, European champion (Budapest 2013) and bronze medal at the world Championships, in Chelyabinsk this summer. After a few seconds the Russian already scored a waza-ari with a shoulder movement and then could control the fight before immobilizing the Portuguese for ippon.

The second bronze medal fight saw MA Yingnan (CHN) and Annabelle EURANIE (FRA) fighting for a place on the podium. Much smaller than her opponent, MA did not seem to be afraid of EURANIE and her long arms and legs until the last 30 seconds when the French launched a last uchi-mata for waza-ari.

Final
KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS) vs. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)

Bronze Medal Fights
RAMOS, Joana (POR) vs. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)
MA, Yingnan (CHN) vs. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)


Final Results
1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)
2. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
3. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)
3. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)
5. MA, Yingnan (CHN)
5. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
7. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)
7. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)



-57kg: Unstoppable MONTEIRO (POR)

The last final of the day saw Laetitia BLOT (FRA) and Telma MONTEIRO (POR) fighting for gold. After only a few seconds, MONTEIRO launched a brilliant drop seoi-nage, from where BLOT miraculously escaped for no score. Being too passive the French judoka was penalized with a shido. By putting pressure on BLOT, MONTEIRO scored a superb waza-ari after a combination with an ashi-waza (leg) technique. Nothing seemed to be able to stop Monteiro today and after perfectly controlled ground work, she finally immobilized BLOT for ippon.


World number five and Grand Slam Baku 2014 winner, Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT), was again present in a medal fight of a major IJF event against RI Hyo Sun (PRK), who was in the position to win a second medal for her delegation on the occasion of this first day of the Grand Slam. More than two minutes were necessary to see the referee giving one penalty to each of the athletes for passivity which was followed by another shido a few seconds later. The Golden Score period was getting closer, when FILZMOSER finally found a tiny opportunity to immobilize her opponent for ippon.

The second bronze medal fight of the category opposed the bronze medallist of the Junior World Championships, Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) and the London Olympic silver medallist, Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU). The Romanian scored first taking the lead with a yuko from a superb sode-tsuri-komi-goshi, CAPRIORIU finally secured her place on the podium.

Final
BLOT, Laetitia (FRA) vs. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)

Bronze Medal Fights
FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs. RI, Hyo Sun (PRK)
BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN) vs. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)


Final Results
1. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)
2. BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)
3. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
5. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)
5. RI, Hyo Sun (PRK)
7. MALLOY, Marti (USA)
7. QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)
                            


MEN

-60kg: SAFAROV (AZE) Adds a Second Grand Slam Victory to His Prize List in 2014

The first male final of today’s category opposed Amartuvshin DASHDAVAA (MGL) and Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE). At the half of the fight, DASHDAVAA was leading with only one shido given to SAFAROV. Then a shido was also given to DASHDAVAA. DASHDAVAA was again penalized just before SAFAROV scored a waza-ari with an action-reaction movement (tani-otoshi).


Ashley MCKENZIE (GBR), bronze medallist of the Havana Grand Prix this year, and Kherlen GANBOLD (MGL), bronze medallist on the occasion of the last two Grand Prix met for the first bronze medal fight. After two minutes both fighters were penalized with a shido. Not able to respect the limits of the fighting area, MCKENZIE was penalized a second time with shido, just before GANBOLD launched a quick and aerial uchimata for a clear ippon, giving him his third bronze medal in a row on the occasion of a World Judo Tour event.

The second bronze medal fight opposed Francisco GARRIGOS (ESP) and Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE) and was won by Ilgar MUSHKIYEV with a single shido.

Final
DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL) vs. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights
MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR) vs. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP) vs. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)


Final Results
1. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)
2. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
3. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
3. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)
5. GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)
5. MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)
7. IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ)
7. PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT)



-66kg:  Top of the Podium for Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR)

The second male final of the day opposed Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR) and Tarlan KARIMOV (AZE). Only 45 seconds were necessary for Dzmitry SHERSHAN to secure the victory with an immobilisation for ippon.


In the first bronze medal fight between Sebastian SEIDL (GER) and Alim GADANOV (RUS), the Russian was rapidly penalized with a first shido after 16 seconds. Seidl scored the first yuko of the bout with a counter-attack. A few penalties later, he was still leading with this yuko, enough to win the bronze medal.

The second bronze medal fight opposed Patrick GAGNE (CAN) and Adrian GOMBOC (SLO). After two minutes, GAGNE was penalized with a first shido, which was largely compensated by the superb uchimata for waza-ari scored by the Canadian before the last minute. Even if he was penalized two more times for passivity for false attacks, GAGNE won the bronze.

Final
SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR) vs. KARIMOV, Tarlan (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights
SEIDL, Sebastian (GER) vs. GADANOV, Alim (RUS)
GAGNE, Patrick (CAN) vs. GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO)


Final Results
1. SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR)
2. KARIMOV, Tarlan (AZE)
3. GAGNE, Patrick (CAN)
3. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)
5. GADANOV, Alim (RUS)
5. GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO)
7. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
7. TUTKHALIAN, Vae (BLR)
                                   

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Saturday

11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg

Sunday

11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location:  FGB Arena, Abu Dhabi

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014 Official Draw - PREVIEW

(Via IJF)


This weekend, the IJF World Judo Tour is making a stop in Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and also capital of the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates. With approximately 1 million inhabitants, the city is today the country's center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre.

 


After five successful editions of the IJF Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi will host this year its first Grand Slam, joining the club of the Grand Slam organizers together with Paris, Baku, Tyumen and Tokyo, which will be the last event of 2014 in December.

The event will allocate points for the Olympic qualification, Rio 2016. The official draw of the competition was held today at the brand new FGB Arena, which will feature 322 athletes. The draw took place in the presence of IJF and UAE Judo Federation officials and in front of the representatives of the 59 delegations engaged in the tournament.

Mr. Mohamed Meridja, the IJF Education and Coaching Director, welcomed all the delegates: "On behalf of the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, it is an honor for me to welcome you all in Abu Dhabi to what has become a Grand Slam, after five editions of the Grand Prix. This week, on October 28th, the IJF celebrated the World Judo Day and particularly underlined ‘HONOR’ as one of the major values of our sport. We are now collating all the information and we will publish them very soon. This weekend, we will celebrate the best athletes in the world, who will compete for the Grand Slam title. I wish them good luck."

On behalf of H.E. Mohammed Bin Tha’aloob Al Dirai, President of the UAE Judo Federation, Mr. Nasser Al Tamimi, IJF General Treasurer said: "Welcome to Abu Dhabi. I hope that you will enjoy your stay during the next three days. Enjoy our city and its atmosphere. We are at your entire disposal to support you."

Mr. Al Tamimi also explained: "Our Grand Prix became a Grand Slam. It gives more credit to the development of judo in this country. Judo already had a very good image in the UAE and this positive image will be even stronger now. It will bring more people to our dojos. Of course, it puts also more responsibilities on our shoulders, but we are ready for that. We want to offer a real Grand Slam standard. It is a challenge, since we are now organizing an event, which has the same scale as the Paris or the Tokyo Tournaments. It will help us to become better and better."


Concerning the venue, Mr. Al Tamimi declared: "This sports facility is brand new. We were waiting for it at least for two years. We are really lucky that we can use it for this first Grand Slam. Thank you to the IJF for giving us the opportunity to be among the strong judo nations."

Rainer Schueler, General Manager of the FGB Arena added: “We are thrilled to be hosting the IPIC Judo Grand Slam in our Arena. Such an event enhances the commitment to the development of Martial Arts and overall sports in Abu Dhabi, and we are delighted to be the home of such an exciting initiative that highlights the trust in which the UAE Wrestling, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu & kickboxing Federation has in our facilities. FGB Arena, which opened its doors to the public in February 2014, is a new facility for sport, entertainment, corporate and social events located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Built with the needs of the community in mind, the 6,000 capacity indoor arena provides an event experience like no other, year round."

Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sport Director, who conducted the official draw of the Grand Slam said: "The country is strongly supporting the development of sports and especially of judo. They obtained their first medals on the occasion of the World Judo Championships, Chelyabinsk 2014. It shows that the UAE are now strong in Judo but also in organizing major international judo events."


FOLLOW THE COMPETITION



WOMEN

-48kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) - World Number 1 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1st, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1st, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 1st
LIMA Taciana (GBS) - World Number 6 - African Championships 2014: 1st, African Championships Maputo 2013: 1st, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3rd
CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN) - World Number 8 - European Championships Montpellier 2014: 1st, European Championships Budapest 2013: 1st, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1st - Olympic Bronze Medallist.
GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (MGL) - World Number 9 - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1st, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2nd, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2nd

Other favorites
MOSCATT Valentina (ITA) - CHERNIAK Maryna (UKR) - KUZNETSOVA Alesya (RUS) - FIGUEROA Julia (ESP)

-52kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
KELMENDI Majlinda (KOS) - World Number 1 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place
CHITU Andreea (ROU) - World Number 3 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 3. place
KUZIUTINA Natalia (RUS) - World Number 4 - European Championships Budapest 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place
EURANIE Annabelle (FRA) - World Number 10 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, African Open Casablanca 2014: 1. place

Other favorites 
RAMOS Joana (POR) - HEYLEN Ilse (BEL) - MA Yingnan (CHN) - GIUFFRIDA Odette (ITA)

-57kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
FILZMOSER Sabrina (AUT) - World Number 5 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 2. place
MALLOY Marti (USA) - World Number 6 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 2. place - Olympic Bronze Medallist
MONTEIRO Telma (POR) - World Number 8 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Masters Baku 2011: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2012: 1. place
DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL ) - World Number 9 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place

Other favorite
CAPRIORIU Corina (ROU) - BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD Catherine (CAN) - KARAKAS Hedvig (HUN) - BLOT Laetitia (FRA)

-63kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VAN EMDEN Anicka (NED) - World Number 4 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2013: 2. place
TRSTENJAK Tina (SLO) - World Number 5 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place
UNTERWURZACHER Kathrin (AUT) - World Number 6 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place
TRAJDOS Martyna (GER) - World Number 8 - Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place

Other favorites
GWEND Edwige (ITA) - DREXLER Hilde (AUT) - YANG Junxia (CHN) - GARCIA Estefania (ECU)

-70kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VARGAS KOCH Laura (GER) - World Number 3 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place
ZUPANCIC Kelita (CAN) - World Number 4 - Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 1. place
GRAF Bernadette (AUT) - World Number 6 - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place
CONWAY Sally (GBR) - World Number 7 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place

Other favorites
NIANG Assmaa (MAR) - KLYS Katarzyna (POL) - MOREIRA Antonia (ANG) - TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL)

-78kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VELENSEK Anamari (SLO) - World Number 3 - Grand Slam Paris 2014: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place
MALZAHN Luise (GER) - World Number 5 - Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place
JOO Abigel (HUN) - World Number 7 - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place
SOL Kyong (PRK) - World Number 8 -  World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 2. place

Other favorites
POWELL Natalie (GBR) - HARRISON Kayla (USA) - GALEONE Assunta (ITA) - DMITRIEVA Anastasiya (RUS)

+78kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
KONITZ Franziska (GER) - World Number 7 - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place
KOCATURK Gulsah (TUR) - World Number 12 - Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 2. place
YU Song (CHN) - World Number 13 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2012: 1. place
IAROMKA Svitlana (UKR) - World Number 14 - Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 2. place

Other favorites
CHIBISOVA Ksenia (RUS) - KINDZERSKA Iryna (UKR) - ADLINGTON Sarah (GBR) - VIVEROS Marlin (ECU)



MEN

-60kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) - World Number 6 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place
SAFAROV Orkhan (AZE) - World Number 8 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place
GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) - World Number 10 - Grand Prix Miami 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2012: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 2. place
MUSHKIYEV Ilgar (AZE) - World Number 12 - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Baku 2012: 1. place

Other favorites
MCKENZIE Ashley (GBR) - PAISCHER Ludwig (AUT) - PETRIKOV Pavel (CZE) - GERCHEV Yanislav (BUL)

-66kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
PULYAEV Mikhail (RUS) - World Number 2 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place
OATES Colin (GBR) - World Number 9 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 3. place
GADANOV Alim (RUS) - World Number 12 - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Tbilisi 2014: 3. place
SHERSHAN Dzmitry (BLR) - World Number 13 - Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 2. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 3. place

Other favorites
URIARTE Sugoi (ESP) - GAGNE Patrick (CAN) - LEFEVERE Jasper (BEL) - DOVDON Altansukh (MGL)

-73kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
SCVORTOV Victor (UAE) - World Number 1 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place
DRAKSIC Rok (SLO) - World Number 4 - European Championships Budapest 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place, Masters Baku 2011: 2. place
ELMONT Dex (NED) - World Number 5 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place
HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK) - World Number 11 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 3. place

Other favorite
VAN TICHELT Dirk (BEL) - LEGRAND Ugo (FRA) - ORUJOV Rustam (AZE) - MOGUSHKOV Musa (RUS)

-81kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VALOIS-FORTIER Antoine (CAN) - World Number 4 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 2. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 2. place - Olympic Bronze medallist
NIFONTOV Ivan (RUS) - World Number 11 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Olympic Games London 2012: 3. place
MOUSTOPOULOS Roman (GRE) - World Number 16 - Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 3. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 5. place
SCHMITT Alain (FRA) - World Number 17 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Amsterdam 2011: 1. place

Other favorite
TOMA Sergiu (UAE) - MRVALJEVIC Srdjan (MNE) - ELIAS Nacif (LIB) - CSOKNYAI Laszlo (HUN)

-90kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
TOTH Krisztian (HUN) - World Number 3 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 2. place
VAN T END Noel (NED) - World Number 6 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place
VOPROSOV Kirill (RUS) - World Number 7 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 2. place, Masters Almaty 2012: 2. place
ELMONT Guillaume (NED) - World Number 11 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2011: 2. place

Other favorites
USTOPIRIYON Komronshoh (TJK) - GASIEV Murat (RUS) - KUKOLJ Aleksandar (SRB) - BAUZA Karolis (LTU)

-100kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
MARET Cyrille (FRA) - World Number 2 - Grand Slam Paris 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2013: 1. place
GASIMOV Elmar (AZE) - World Number 5 - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 3. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 2. place
FREY Karl-Richard (GER) - World Number 6 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Rijeka 2013: 1. place
DARWISH Ramadan (EGY) - World Number 13 - African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 2. place

Other favorites
PETERS Dimitri (GER) - NIKIFOROV Toma (BEL) - REMARENCO Ivan (UAE) - ORLIK Flavio (SUI)

+100kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
SAIDOV Renat (RUS) - World Number 6 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 3. place
MEYER Roy (NED) - World Number 10 - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place
BOR Barna (HUN) - World Number 13 - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 3. place
BREITBARTH Andre (GER) - World Number 15 - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 3. place

Other favorites
NATEA Daniel (ROU) - EL SHEHABY Islam (EGY) - ALLERSTORFER Daniel (AUT) - SARNACKI Maciej (POL)

COMPETITION PROGRAMME
Friday
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg 
Men: -60kg, -66kg 

Saturday
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg

Sunday
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location:  FGB Arena, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

IJF Supports IOC Provisional Recognition of Kosovo Olympic Committee

Following the Policy that Has Been followed for Several Years by the International Judo Federation, the IJF Supports the IOC Provisional Recognition of the Kosovo Olympic Committe

Majlinda Kelmendi in full action on the occasion of the last edition of the World Championships

Mr. Vizer said: "Following the IOC decision to recognize the Kosovo Olympic Committee I consider that it was a human, mature and fair decision from a sports and Olympic Movement point of view, as well as an act of fair play towards the members of the sports community, with a major impact on the future of sports in Kosovo and the Balkan region.

Although that in many cases the organization of major global sports events depends very much on political decisions, in this case, solving the status of Kosovo is a purely sports decision and must be considered and treated as such. All members of humanity have the right to the universal values. Sport definitely is one of the most important universal values of the society.

This decision will open new horizons and opportunities and will generate enthusiasm and positive spirit among the youth of Kosovo for the benefit of friendship, unity and peace among nations.

Majlinda Kelmendi won her first senior world title last year in Rio de Janeiro

The flag bearer of this project, from the point of view of the athletes’ representatives in Kosovo, was judoka Majlinda Kelmendi. Through her results – two times World Champion, participant in the London Olympic Games (under the Albanian flag at the time), numerous titles obtained on the occasion of the IJF World Masters, Grand Slam and Grand Prix competitions, as well as her no. 1 position in the World Ranking List of the -52 kg category -, she demonstrates that she is the most eloquent example who marks, proves and represents the potential of Kosovo athletes.

I would like to congratulate the Kosovo Olympic Committee and its President, Mr. Besim Hasani, the Ministry of Sports of Kosovo and Minister Memli Krasniqi, the Kosovo Judo Federation and its President, Mr. Agron Kuka, as well as the entire sports community of Kosovo and all the International Federations who had the courage and wisdom to support this project from the very beginning, wishing them a lot of success in the future and many achievements at all levels."

More about the IOC decision: CLICK HERE