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

IJF Refereeing & Coaching Seminar

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Cyprus was represented at the International Judo Federation Refereeing and Coaching Seminar that was held in Mittersill, Austria this week by Kakia Lymperi and Giorgios Hadjithomas.

These seminars are essential as they outline any changes to the competition rules for the year ahead and allow referees from all over the world to get together, exchange ideas discuss all aspects of refereeing and forge new relationships between each other.

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Presidential Awards

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Yesterday, athletes from Judo attended the Presidential Awards Ceremony to honour the top athletes from many sports that was held at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia.

From Judo, we had our athletes Georgios Balajiasvili, Rudolf Kurtides, Panayiotis Shalos and Loucas Louca.

Accompanying the athletes were Sotos Tricomites, president of the Cyprus JUdo Federation (pictured separately with President Anastassiades), Christodoulos Christodoulides, Technical Director of the Cyprus Judo Federation, Werner Scholtz, Coach of the Paphos Judo Union and Marinos Piponas, Coach of the Kition Judo Club.

Congratulations to all our athletes for their recognition.