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Balkan U13 Games – Part 2


The second day of the U13 Balkan Games saw more athletes who had travelled to Timisoara in Romania taking part and we had another medal!

First up was our athlete in the -52Kg Marina Azinou. She received a bye in her first contest and came up against the athlete from Turkey who she beat with an Ippon. Next up was an athlete from Romania who she beat with a Waza-Ari and this put her into the final where she came up against another athlete from Romania.  Marinia took just 20 second the throw her opponent with an Ippon and take the GOLD medal.

In the same category was Maria Michael who had an opponent from Bosnia Herzegovina in the first contest who she threw for an Ippon. In her second contest against the athlete from Greece she fought a very close match, but lost with a Waza-Ari. This put her in the Repechage. She went down to a Waza-Ari early on in the contest, but came back to level the scores with her own Waza-Ari. The other athlete then threw her for a second score and she lost with Waza-Ari Awazete Ippon.  This still gave Maria SEVENTH place.

Markelos Ioannou was in the -46Kg category where he came up against the athlete from Turkey.  It took two Waza-Ari for a Waza-Ari Awazete Ippon to beat him, but Markelo proceeded to the next round where he came up against the athlete from Romaina.  Markelo lost this by a Waza-Ari, but went into the Repechage against an athlete from Greece. Markelo fought well in a close contest, but in the end, he lost again by a Waza-Ari giving him SEVENTH place overall.

Along with the fifth place yesterday from Mariam Kotzia this gave us one first place Gold, one fifth place and two seventh places.

A very good showing in the U13 Balkan Games by our young athletes who had made the trip to Romania and a very good indication of what the future has in store for Cyprus Judo.

Accompanying the athletes were Club Coaches Neoklis Skouroumounis from Larnaca and Piero Leonida from Limassol.

Well done to all our athletes!

Cyprus Judo Federation – We Have A Dream!


Balkan U13 Games - Romania


One of our up-and-coming young talents Mariam Kotzia from the Skouroumounis Judo Club of Larnaca was in action this week in Romania at the Under 13 Balkan Games.

Mariam competed in the -28Kg category with athletes from Romania, Greece, Turkey, North Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina.

After winning her first contest Mariam then lost to the Romanian athlete and went into Repechage where she first fought the athlete from Greece who she beat and went to contest for third place with another athlete from Romania.  Mariam fought well, but in the end lost after an exciting and well fought contest.

Mariam managed to achieve FIFTH PLACE – an excellent achievement for her in one of her first international competitions.

Mariam was accompanied by club coach Neoklis Skouroumounis.

Congratulations to Mariam from the Cyprus Judo Federation – another athlete with a huge amount of potential for the future.

Cyprus Judo Federation – We Have A Dream!

European Men/Women


Last week saw one of the most difficult competitions on the European calendar – the Men & Women European Championship held in Minsk, Belarus.

There were 49 nations taking part with a total of 390 competitors.

Representing Cyprus were Rudolf Kourtides and Aristos Michael and accompanying them was National Coach, Lavrentis Alexanides.

Rudolf was first up in the -73Kg category and came up against the Latvian Demitrijs Fedosejenkovs who threw Rudolf at the end of the second minute for Ippon.

Next up was Aristo against the Polish competitor Damian Szwarnowiecki in the -81Kg category. Aristo fought well, but was penalised with Hansoku-make giving the win to the Pole.

This was a very tough competition and our athletes were there for experience and both of them fought well.

The Federation is proud of our athletes and wish them well in the competitions to come.

Silver At U15 Balkan Judo Championship

Yiannos Antoniou receiving his SILVER medal in second place.

Yiannos Antoniou receiving his SILVER medal in second place.

Cyprus was represented as National Team at the U15 Balkan Judo Championship by two athletes – Sotiris Christodoulou from the Nicosia Judo Center in the under 73Kg category and Yiannis Antoniou from the Christodoulides Judo Academy in the over 73Kg category.

Sotiris fought well but was eventually beaten by the athlete from Bulgaria.

Yiannos fared better and reached the final with three solid wins.  In the final he came up against Mehmet Ali Akinci from Turkey – Yiannis had weighed in at 93Kg and Mehmet at 154Kg.  After a very close contest, Yiannos lost due to strength and weight, but took the SILVER medal.

An excellent win for Yianni and congratulations to him and his club on their medal.

The Federation would like to congratulate both athletes – once again, you made us proud!

Judo Team Medals in Montenegro


Following on from their success in the individual events, both our men and women were also in action in the team event.

 With only two women in the team, Cyprus was always going to be starting 0-1, but that didn’t stop our girls!  First up was Andorra who they beat 2-1.  Next was Luxembourg who they also beat 2-1 and then Iceland who they also beat 2-1 before meeting Monaco in the final.  Both girls fought well, but that extra win was always going to be a problem and the girls lost 1-2 and claimed the SILVER MEDAL – well done to our girls.

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The men fought well too!  First, they beat the team from Monaco 2-1 and then from Iceland who they again beat 2-1 before meeting Montenegro in the final where the fought three very close matches, but in the end lost three very close contests 0-3. SILVER MEDAL to our boys and very well done!

Once again, our athletes made us proud and the Federation would once again like to congratulate everyone once again for their spectacular performance at the Games of the Small States of Europe in Montenegro.

Two years ago, at the Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino, Judo had 4 Silver medals.  Two year on and we have 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze.  We have a dream and the hard work of Federation and our athletes are making that dream a REALITY!

Well done to all!


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.


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


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.


Cadet European Judo Cup Cluj-Napoca 2019


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.


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!!