News from Baku & Kaunas

Our athletes have been in action again at two tournaments this weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan and Kaunas, Lithuania.

At the IJF World Tour competition in Baku was Irodotos Kelpis and Phedias Konnaris

Irodotos Kelpis by ippon to Sinan Sandal from Turkey in the first round of the -66Kg category.

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Phedias Konnaris fought well but was eliminated with 3 shido against Robic Pacek from Sweden in the -81 Kg category.

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In Kaunas was Loucas Louca, Dato Matsoukatov and Sofia Asvesta

In the -66Kg category Loucas Louca came up against Ennio Mertens from the Netherlands.  Louca scored first with a Waza-ari but Mertins came back with an Ippon to beat Louca and went on to take fifth place.

Dato Matsoukatov was in the -73Kg category.  He won his first contest against Sigurd Stokke from Norway with Ippon, but lost his second contest to Daniel Nuriev of Estonia with an Ippon.

In the Women’s -52Kg category, Sofia Asvesta came up against Jasmine Hacker-Jones from the UK in her first contest. Both athletes scored a Waza-ari and in Golden Score both had 2 Shido each, but Sofia was given a third Shido and lost the contest – one that took 9 minutes and 10 seconds in total.

WELL DONE TO ALL OUR ATHLETES!

Cadet European Judo Cup Cluj-Napoca 2019

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Judoka were in action again at the Cadet European Cup in Cluj-Napoca in Romania this past weekend.

Petros Christodoulides in the -50Kg category, Andreas Antoniou and Georgios Kalaitsidis in the -55Kg category, Panagiotis Shakkos in the -73Kg category and Janet Michelidou in the female +70Kg category. Accompanying them was Stanislav Jankovic, Sports Director of the Federation.

The competition is seen as a tough European competition with 341 male and 222 female competitors.

Janet Michaelidou was the highest ranked athlete from Cyprus – she won her first contest with an ippon against Irina Zhelezarska from Bulgaria and then lost to Oxana Diacenco from Moldova in her second.  She battled on in the Repechage to beat Bianca Suciu from Romania and then narrowly lost to Valeryia Khrushchova from Belarus after scoring first with a waza-ari.

Andreas Antoniou lost his first contest by a waza-ari to Nicolae Muntenu from Moldova.  Georgios Kalaitsidis lost by ippon to Idan Fridman from Israel in his first contest and Panagiotis Shakkos narrowly lost to Dan Stanila from Moldova who scored an ippon after both athletes had scored waza-ari.

Petros Christodoulides won his first contest against Daniel Kuznetzov from Israel with a great ippon, but in his second contest against Uladzisiau Mardusevich fell foul to some questionable refereeing that meant he was eliminated with 3 shido penalties.

All our athletes did us proud once again.

Some photos from the camping/training in the days that followed the competition.

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Annual General Meeting

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Friday April 12, 2019 saw the Annual General Meeting for the Cyprus Judo Federation.

During the meeting, the new Constitution of the Federation was approved and the elections for the officers of the Management Council for the next four years.

Mr. Sotos Tricomitis continues as President of the Federation (unanimous decision) and more information and contact details of the members of the Management Council can be found HERE.

Congratulations to all members.

Athens Junior European Cup - 10th Anniversary

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The premiere judo tournament of Greece was held this weekend, also known as the “Iliadis Cup” with a total of 233 male and 132 female athletes from 26 counties! The competition is part of the IJF World junior Tour and the European Judo Union Junior Calendar and has become one of the strongest competitions in the Judo calendar.

 Day 1 saw Cyprus coming away with a gold medal from Sofia Asvesta in the womens -52Kg category where she beat athletes Lee Cohen from Israel in the first round, Giulia Gonini from Italy in the second, Paz Kafri from Israel in the semi-final and Zeliha Cinci from Turkey in the final in “a golden score” with a waza-ari.

Congratulations to Sofia on winning the category!

Left to Right Silver: Zeliha Cinci (Turkey), Gold: Sofia Asvesta (Cyprus), Bronze: Kader Divan (Turkey) & Paz Kafri (Israel)

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Silver: Zeliha Cinci (Turkey), Gold: Sofia Asvesta (Cyprus), Bronze: Kader Divan (Turkey) & Paz Kafri (Israel)

Vasiliki Kouri took 7th place in the women’s -48Kg where she beat Spyridoula Antoniou from Greece, Glafira Borisova from Russia (in 27 seconds) and Keren Weiss from Israel before losing out to Glafira Borisova from Bugaria in the second round of the Repechage who went on to take the bronze.

 A a very tough competition we also had good results, though no medals from Charis Iordanou (-48Kg), Georgia Kokkides (-57Kg) and Maria Livadiotou (-57Kg).

 Now over to the men.

 Loucas Louca (-60Kg) lost in a very close contest to Mikheili Begievi from Georgia in one of the biggest categories of the tournament.

 The -66Kg category was the largest category of the tournament with 46 athletes in total. Here we were represented by Dato Matsoukatov who beat Yordan Ilchev from Bulgaria in the first round and Dimitrios Markou from Greece in the second round before losing to Jan Svoboda from the Czech Republic.

 Day 2 saw some excellent performances from our athletes.

Janet Michaelidou in the -78Kg category came 5th after losing her first contest to Anna Fortunio from Italy in her and then beating Maria Rizou from Greece in here second before losing to Marlene Hunger from Austria who eventually took the Bronze.

Competing in the -81Kg category was Anastassios Charalambous who fought a very tough match against Evangelos Kalogirou from Greece before losing by an Ippon.

In the -100Kg category we had two athletes. Orestis Aresti and Giorgios KroussanotakisOresti came up against Nurlykhan Sharkhan from Kazakhstan who beat him with an Ippon. Giorgios won his first contest against Sagi Hailo from Israel but lost his second against Shpati Zekaj from Kosovo. In the Repechage Giorgios beat the Turkish athlete Mehmet Talay, Giorgios won with an Ippon in the third minute and before losing to Hugo Garel from France who eventually took the 5th place, with Giorgos coming in 7th place.

 

The Iliadis Cup is one of the toughest championships in the Junior calendar and the Federation is very pleased with the progress that it is making with its athletes.

 The Federation would also especially like to thank the National Coach Lavrentis Alexanidis who accompanied our athletes and was a great help in their performances over the weekend.

Refereeing from Cyprus was IJF Referee Kakia Lymperi and Cyprus National Referee Giorgos Hadjithoma who was taking part in his first international tournament.

We would like to congratulate all the athletes that took part and represented Cyprus, especially Sofia Asvesta who brought us home a gold!!!

Onwards and upwards to even more international medals.

Our Athletes Do Us Proud Again!

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas

Athletes from Cyprus were in action this week in Croatia and Switzerland and all of them are coming home with their heads held high.

U18 Cadet European Cup – Zagreb, Croatia

 Our first medal winner is Panagiotis Shakkos who came home with a silver medal in the -73Kg category, winning 6 contests and narrowly missing out on the gold medal in the final!

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured on the podium receiving his silver medal

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured on the podium receiving his silver medal

Our second is Kyprianos Andreou competing in the -60Kg who after winning his first four contests lost in his fifth and then won his next three contests to come home with the bronze medal - EIGHT contests in all!

Bronze medalist Kyprianos Andreou pictured with coach and father Marios Andreou

Bronze medalist Kyprianos Andreou pictured with coach and father Marios Andreou

Our female athletes were represented by Janet Michaelidou who came home 9th who after winning her first contest lost a very closely fought and evenly matched second contest.

Janet Michaelidou photographed at the contest

Janet Michaelidou photographed at the contest

There were also excellent performances by Alexey Gladshev in the -90Kg category who won his first contest, but lost his second and brother Ilia Gladshev as well in the -81Kg category who fought well.

Competing for the first time for Cyprus was Petros Christodoulides in the -50Kg category who up against one of the weight category’s favourites and narrowly lost – an excellent opportunity for him to gain valuable experience at international level.

Silver medalist Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas and other members of the team proudly flying the Cypriot flag

Silver medalist Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas and other members of the team proudly flying the Cypriot flag

It is worth noting that Cyprus as a team in the Mens category came 8TH, beating 16 other countries – many of which very well known for their Judo!!!

Mens results table showing Cyprus in 8th place!

Mens results table showing Cyprus in 8th place!

 Swiss Open – Zurich, Switzerland

Two of our athletes were also in action in Switzerland.

Charilaos Adamou in the -73Kg category who had one win against the German athlete and Sofia Asvesta in the -52Kg womens category.

Both athletes fought well and proudly represented our country.

 

A few words from the Cyprus Judo Federation

The Cyprus Judo Federation would like to point out that the Judo in Cyprus has experienced a fantastic growth the past few years and is most certainly on the right road with the base of athletes that we have now.

With a lot more hard work from all athletes, who with the help of the Federation, their clubs and most importantly their coaches are making us proud at every competition that they attend, we can expect a lot more positive results.

Well done to all our Judoka – you make us all very proud!!

Female Judo Coaches Honoured by the Cyprus Olympic Committee

Popi Stavrinou (L) - Vaso Constantinou (R)

Popi Stavrinou (L) - Vaso Constantinou (R)

The Cyprus Judo Federation is very proud to announce that two of our female coaches, Popi Stavrinou and Vaso Constantinou were honoured by the Cyprus Olympic Committee with the diploma "Sports Administration - Women's Empowerment at the Decision-Making Centres".

The ceremony for the diplomas was held on Tuesday, February 12, at the Olympic Hall, to the participants of the training programme "Sports Administration - Women's Empowerment in Decision-Making Centres". The programme is part of the Strategic Planning of the Cyprus Olympic Committee and was attended by 35 women, mainly from the Cyprus Sports Organisation and the Sports Federations.

Mrs. Calli HadjiIosif, President of the Cyprus Olympic Assosication Women and Sports Committee stated that the training programme was implemented over a period of eight months and is part of a series of educational actions we have designed as the" Women and Sports "Commission. Seminars, conferences and programmes aiming at educating and training existing and new potential for solid reflection, changing orientation, challenging stereotypes and above all claiming the undisputed right of women to parity in decision-making centres."

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Cyprus Olympic Committee Awards

Giorgios Balajiasvilli and Constantina Antoniou

Giorgios Balajiasvilli and Constantina Antoniou

We are happy to announce that two of our athletes were honoured by the Cyprus Olympic Committee at their award ceremony this week for their service to Judo and their results that they have obtained in 2018.

Our athletes were Giorgios Balajiasvili and Constantina Antoniou.

Congratulations to both our Judoka and the very best for the future!

Giorgios Balajiasvilli, Christodoulos Christodoulou, Constantina Antoniou

Giorgios Balajiasvilli, Christodoulos Christodoulou, Constantina Antoniou

(Left to right) Natalia Mavromadi, Giorgios Balajiasvilli, Christodoulos Christodoulou, Constantina Antoniou, Antonis Antoniou

(Left to right) Natalia Mavromadi, Giorgios Balajiasvilli, Christodoulos Christodoulou, Constantina Antoniou, Antonis Antoniou