European Judo Cup - Bratislava


This weekend also saw two more athletes from Cyprus in action at the European Judo Cup in Bratislava.

Aristos Michael and Andreas Papapetrou were both in the -81Kg category. 

First up was Aristo who came up against Yusup Bekmurzaev from Belarus.  Aristo was given a Shido penalty and the Belarusian (who finally earned second place and the silver medal) scored a Waza-Ari and held on for the remainder of the contest.

In the first round of the Repechage Aristo came up against Rober Trojnar from the Czech Republic. Aritos scored first with a Waza-Ari and then went on to hold on until the end of the contest.

Next up was Miguel Alves from Portugal who scored an Ippon in the third minute beating Aristo and proceeding to the next round.

Andreas came up against Jindrich Turek in his first contest who scored a Waza-Ari and then an Ippon.  Unfortunately, he did not proceed to the semi-final so Andreas competition ended here.

Both athletes fought well against very tough competition - congratulations to them both!

Cyprus Judo Federation – We Have A Dream!

Cadet European Judo Cup Bielsko Biala, Poland 2019

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Cyprus was represented at the Cadet European Cup in Poland this past weekend by 8 athletes.

The competition is another tough one with 350 male and 224 female competitors.

First up was Giorgios Balajiasvili in the -60 Kg category at his first international competition since his unfortunate injury at the Pancyprian championship and subsequent operation.  Giorgios started with an Ippon win against Illia Skaepau from Belarus and then another Ippon against Olaf Loska from Poland.  A third Ippon win against Maxim Baltat from Moldova saw Giorgios in the semi-final against Vladyslav Kazimov from Ukraine.  After a close contest, Giorgos lost by Ippon, but progressed to the third place contest against Kote Kapanadze of Georgia.  Giorgios fought well, but lost by Ippon in the third minute and claimed 5th place over all in the category – an excellent result for his first international competition for many months.

Petros Christodoulides fought in the -50 Kg category and in his first contest beat Yurii Kalinchyk from Ukraine with an Ippon after first going down to a Waza-ari from the Ukrainian.  In his second contest Petros lost to Akos Barczikay from Hungary with an Ippon, but went through to the Repechage where he fought Igor Blaszczak frm Poland beating him on a technical win, but then losing to Emile Merdin from Belgium by Ippon. Petros finished 9th over all in the category.

Christos Georghiou in the -66 Kg came up against Yamato Fukuda from Japan where he fought well, but lost by Ippon in the second minute, unfortunately he did not proceed any further in the tournament.

In the -66 Kg category, Spantios Orthodoxos fought Kevin Abeltshauser from Germany. After a close contest, Spantios lost by Ippon in the third minute – again he did not proceed any further.

Representing Cyprus in the -73 Kg category was Panagiotis Shakos who came up against Matvei Karas from Russia for his first contest.  This lasted the whole 4 minutes, but Panagiotis won with a Waza-ari. In his second contest he came up against Jarne Duyck from Belgium where he lost in the final minute with an Ippon. In the Repechage, Panagioti came up against Akaki Mumladze of Georgia where he lost by Ippon.

Alexey Gladyshev competed in the -90 Kg category where he first came up against Viachasiau Chuyashkov from Belarus.  Alexey scored first with a Waza-ari, but then lost to the athlete from Belarus with an Ippon.

In the -81 Kg category, Ilia Gladushev fought Vuk Bosnjak from Serbia where he beat him in the first minute with an Ippon.  In his second contest he fought Tymur Valieiev from Ukraine, but lost with a Waza-ari and subsequent Ippon.

Representing our women was Zanet Michailidou in the +70 Kg category where she came up against Szilvia Farkas from Hungary who unfortunately overpowered Zanet in the first minute with an Ippon.

The team was accompanied by Christos Christodoulides, Technical Director of the Federation.

All of our athletes from Cyprus fought very well against some very tough competitors and have gained some valuable experience from the competition as well as making us all proud.

Well done to all the atheletes!

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.

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."


Presidential Awards


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.