MONGOLIAN AMBASSADOR VISITS CUBAN NATIONAL JUDO FEDERATION

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ Ts.Batbayar, Mongolia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, met with Rafael Manso Reyes, President of the Cuban National Judo Federation, on May 11, 2018.

Ambassador Batbayar visited the ‘Cerro Pelado’ sports complex, where athletes of the Cuban National team are trained.

Mr.Rafael Manso Reyes, President of the Cuban National Judo Federation, and Mrs.Marta Lidia Ruiz, Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation of Cuba, welcomed the Ambassador Ts.Batbayar at the National Institute and exchanged views on further cooperation.

Both sides agreed to work together to organize joint training of the Mongolian and Cuban National judo teams in near future, to exchange athletes and coaches and to send athletes to the competitions organized in the countries.

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Cuba the dominant force at Pan American Judo Championships in Costa Rica

Cuba finished top of the medals table at the Pan American Judo Championships in Costa Rica with a total of 12 medals, including five golds.

A total of 227 athletes registered in individual competitions and 70 in the kata category in the first classification event in route to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo - taking place at the Pedregal venue in San Antonio de Belen, Heredia, 10 kilometres north of San Jose.

Canada were second in the medals table with seven medals, three of them gold, with Brazil third on the same total but one fewer golds.

Osniel Solis, in the under-66 kilograms class, and Ivan Felipe Silva, in the under-90kg class, were the male gold medallists for Cuba, while three golds were provided in the women’s competition by Maylin del Toro at under-63kg, Kaliema Antomarchi at under-78kg and Idalys Ortiz oat over-78kg open class.

Canada’s golds came from Antoine Bouchard at under-73kg, Antoine Valois-Fortier at under-81kg and, in the women’s event, Christa Deguchi at under-57kg.

Diana Brenes won the only medal for the hosts, earning a bronze in the women’s under-78kg class.

"We are very happy, this is one of the four most important events in the continent and organising it in Costa Rica is a huge pride," Costa Rica Judo Federation President Dudley Lopez said.

The event offered competitors the chance to lay down an early marker prior to next year's International Judo Federation World Championships in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic host city of Tokyo.

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Cancun Grand Prix 2017, Mexico PREVIEW

The first edition of the Cancun Grand Prix is the most vital stop on the IJF World Judo Tour thus far in 2017 as it is the penultimate Grand Prix before August’s 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary. 

Mexico, which successfully hosted the World Masters event in Guadalajara last year, hosts its first ever Grand Prix in the ultimate tourist destination from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 Junew which is a gateway to Worlds selection and judo joy on the elite stage.

As the IJF World Judo Tour heats up on the road to Budapest, the sandy beaches, sparkling blue ocean and balmy temperatures of the Cancun in the South East of Mexico, are the picturesque backdrop for the three-day Grand Prix which has attracted Olympic and world medallists.

 

Olympic and world medallists path to Budapest runs via Cancun

Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) is the one and only representative for her country while double Olympic bronze medallist Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) makes a timely return to action. World bronze medallist Victor PENALBER (BRA), heavyweight world number two David MOURA and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist UNGVARI Miklos (HUN) are also among the stars present in Cancun.

Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV, IJF Sports Director, revealed at the draw that 188 judoka would compete at #JudoCancun2017 from 36 nations (111 men and 77 women).

IJF President hails Mixed Team Event success for Tokyo 2020

 

 

From L-R: Mr. Juan CARLOS BARCOS, IJF Head Referee Director, Mr. Antonio Castro SOTO DEL VALLE, IJF Ambassador, Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV, IJF Sports Director 

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, said: “Dear Manuel, dear colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen, it is a real pleasure to come for the first time in Cancun for a Grand Prix, I want to thank the government from Cancun, the Ministry of Sport, the Mexican Judo Federation and everyone here supporting the Grand Prix.

“It is a great pleasure and an honour to announce that judo’s mixed team event will be in Tokyo 2020 Olympics and after as well in next Olympics.

“I want to thank you for your efforts and dedication, I congratulate all coaches, athletes, the IJF team and Executive Committee and on behalf of the IJF I want to wish you a successful tournament. It is very good for Pan American judo to organise a Grand Prix in this region and I wish you all a lot of luck."

IJF Ambassador Mr. Antonio Castro SOTO DEL VALLE (above) was among the honoured guests in attendance at the draw on Thursday.

“Thank you for your invite, I am very happy to stay here, we are sure this event will be a success with lots of support from the IJF and judoka from all regions," he said. "I thank you for coming and we hope you enjoy this Grand Prix, hopefully it will be the first of many Grand Prix here in Cancun.”

From L-R: Mr. Manuel LARRANAGA, Pan American Confederation and Mexican Judo Federation President, Mr. Jesus Antonio LOPEZ PINZON, President of the Committee of Sport for Quintana Roo (COJUDEQ), Mr. Jose HUMBERTO Rodriguez, Pan American Confederation Director  

Mr. Jesus Antonio LOPEZ PINZON, President of the Committee of Sport for Quintana Roo (COJUDEQ), said: “Good morning all, we would like to thank the IJF and Mr. Marius VIZER as it is very important for our country and our city of Cancun to host this really important event. We want to thank the Mexican Judo Federation and want to say a message to all cities and countries around the world that is a really good place. Thank you all for coming here and thank you for making us the hosts.”

Mr. Manuel LARRANAGA, Pan American Confederation and Mexican Judo Federation President, said: “Good morning everyone, on behalf of Mexican Judo Federation I would like to welcome you all here to Cancun. We would like to thank Mr. Marius VIZER for all of his support towards our country. We would also like to thank the governor of the city for letting us be the host city of this event.

“We would also like to thank Mr. PINZON for giving us all the facilities and tools to be the host city of this event. Thank you to our sponsors and the official hotels for supporting us. Welcome all to Cancun, this city of Paradise, and finally we thank Mr. VIZER once again for supporting us to stage this Grand Prix.”

From L-R: IJF Hall of Famer Driulis González MORALES, triple world champion and four-time Olympic medallist, who is now a Cuban national team coach, alongside former teammate and three-time Olympic bronze medallist Amarilis SAVON, who was recently appointed as coach of Bahamas 

While the draw was underway and throughout Thursday, the IJF staged an Instagram Takeover with London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and former world silver medallist Marti MALLOY (USA) who competes on Friday.

Click here to see the IJF Instagram Takeover by Marti MALLOY (USA)

Before the action in Mexico begins on Friday, the IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER, will host his latest Twitter Question and Answer session from 9am local time (3pm UK) live from Cancun. The IJF President will be ready to answer questions from all media outlets, judoka, fans, coaches and all corners of the world.

Any subject is open for discussion and questions can already be posted in advance using the hashtag #AskVizer 

 


 

Use #JudoCancun2017 to join in with the social media discussion 


PREVIEW
Women

-48kg

London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN) won her only Worlds medal to date back in 2011 in Paris. The 30-year-old – a two-time European champion and three-time Grand Prix winner – has her best chance of Worlds success this summer as judo’s annual marquee event arrives in Budapest, Hungary for the first time. CSERNOVICZKI starts as the top seed in Cancun and a win would be an ideal platform to launch her title bid in August. Pan American Championships silver medallist Edna CARRILLO (MEX) is one of her country’s most talented judoka and could win her first ever IJF medal with the home field advantage while former Grand Slam silver medallist Gabriela CHIBANA (BRA) will be among the leading contenders.

-52kg
Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) will compete on the IJF World Judo Tour this weekend for the first time since losing out to Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) for the -52kg gold medal in Brazil. The 22-year-old, who turned down a spot on Italy’s Dancing With Stars TV series to compete at the European Championships, finished fifth at the continental championships and will start as the favourite in Mexico as she looks to move one step closer to winning her first Worlds medal. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Angelica DELGADO (USA) will be the number one seed but will have her work cut out to turn that into first place with London 2012 Olympic champion Sarah MENEZES (BRA) – a long-time -48kg standout – now stepping up her pursuit of top honours at -52kg.

-57kg

Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Miryam ROPER (PAN) wrote her name into the history books as she made sure that Panama’s first ever IJF World Judo Tour medal was gold with a stunning display last time out in Russia. ROPER, 34, started over in April with zero world ranking points when she wore a Panama judogi for the first time and finished fifth at the Pan American Championships and is already up to 12th in the world. The former world bronze medallist now has that goal for her father’s country and arrives in Cancun as the number one seed. Long-time rival Marti MALLOY (USA) – who beat ROPER for bronze at the continental championships – last graced an IJF podium in Budapest last year with bronze at Hungary’s Grand Prix and could send the American flag to the rafters with victory in Mexico. 

-63kg

Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Andreja LESKI (SLO) is a new judoka to follow at -63kg and the 20-year-old could break into the world’s top 10 with a strong outing in Mexico. Double Pan American Championships bronze medallist Hannah MARTIN (USA) has hit the medal trail in 2017 while Brazil continue to stick by their veterans such as Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA) who will pose a considerable medal threat on day two. 

-70kg

Venezuela’s first world number one Elvismar RODRIGUEZ (IJF) is the number one seed at an IJF World Judo Tour for the first time this weekend. The 20-year-old has progressed far quicker than anyone expected with a flurry of Grand Slam and Grand Prix medals over the last year to already became her country’s most successful judoka in the modern era of the IJF circuit. Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Sally CONWAY (GBR) took silver on her post-Olympic return to competition at the Bucharest European Open two weeks ago and will certainly be in the medal shake-up in Mexico. Former world number one Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) took silver at the Paris Grand Slam in February and has won four medals on the trot this year going into the first Cancun Grand Prix.

-78kg

Double Olympic bronze medallist Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) makes her eagerly-awaited return to action on Sunday and will hope for a winning return at the penultimate Grand Prix before the Worlds. Former world champion AGUIAR, 25, won bronze in Brazil at the Olympics last time out and has slipped down the rankings due to her inactivity to 19th place in the world. Since her nemesis Kayla HARRISON (USA) has retired, AGUIAR is expected to rule the category for years to come and will get her Worlds preparations back on track with gold in Cancun. Double European bronze medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR) is the top seed in the -78kg category. The world number six took silver at the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam in May and should prove to be the toughest challenge for AGUIAR. Pan American Championships silver medallist Kaliema ANTOMARCHI (CUB) could make a medal push and is at her best when competing in the Americas.

+78kg
The +78kg category looks wide open with Brazil, USA, Mexico, Croatia, Great Britain and Slovenia all targeting top spot. Pan American Championships bronze medallist Nina CUTRO-KELLY (USA) is the number one seed after a strong run in Pan American events while all eyes will be on Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) who makes her +78kg debut on her first competition since the Olympics. Lima Pan American Open winner Rochele NUNES (BRA) could add to her IJF World Judo Tour medal count on the final day in Mexico as one of the most experienced judoka in the category.

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Dusseldorf Grand Prix: Dimitri Peters triumphs on home soil

Local favourite Dimitri Peters gave the crowd something to smile about when he downed Cuba’s Jose Armenteros in the under 100 kilo final at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 31-year-old, who took bronze at the London Games in 2012, proved unstoppable throughout the competition, winning all his fights by ippon including the showpiece match which lasted just over 2 minutes.

The bronze medals were won by Javad Mahjoub and Russia’s Adlan Bisultanov.

Lakiv Khammo overcame a nervous start to clinch the 100 kilo category. The Ukrainian judoka survived an early scare as he secured a golden score win against Abdullo Tangriev in the first round before stepping it up gear, beating Sung-Min Kim in the semi-finals and Islam El Shehaby of Egypt in the final thanks to a clinical ippon.

In the women’s event, Germany’s Luise Malzahn looked set to hand the hosts their second gold medal of the day but it wasn’t to be as the 25-year-old failed to deliver in the final. Malzahn, who had showed tremendous strength in the semis to down Britain’s Natalie Powell, was then unable to trouble Audrey Tcheumeo as the French sealed the title with a well taken waza-ari.

In the over 78 kilo class, Maria Suelen Altheman dominated France’s Lucie Louette Kanning and Sisi Ma of China before taking her momentum into the final bout. The Brazilian, a two-time world silver medallist, threw her rival Song Yu with a superb harai-goshi and then pinned down the Chinese fighter with a kuzure-kesa-gatame for 15 seconds to seal a convincing win in 56 seconds.

The third and final day was marked by Marcus Nyman’s performance in the under 90 kilo category as the Swede stunned Olympic champion Ilias Iliadis and reigning World champion Dong Han Gwak in the semi-finals. The 2010 European champion, who had already won here five years ago, then outsmarted his younger rival Krisztian Toth of Hungary who was penalised on three occasions for passivity.

The Dusseldorf Grand Prix has treated judo fans to spectacular bouts and memorable ippons. The three-day event came to a close on Sunday with judokas extending their duties off the tatami, taking time to sign autographs and pose for photos. The next Judo Grand Prix will take place in Tbilisi on the 25th of March.

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