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Cadet European Judo Cup Chania 2019


This weekend saw the Cadet European Cup take place for the first time in in Chania, Crete with 114 athletes from 18 nations.

Cyprus was represented with 20 athletes – 14 men and 6 women.

As there are a lot of athletes, we will just list them with their progress (W=Win / L=Loss)

First the Men

Petros Christodoulides -50Kg
W/W/W – 1st place - GOLD

Andreas Antoniou -55Kg

George Kalaitsides -55Kg
W/L/W – 3rd place BRONZE

Christoforos Charalambous -60Kg

Marios Charalambous -60Kg
W/L/L – 9th place

Minas Georgiou -60Kg
L/L – 9th place

Georgios Balarjishvili -66Kg
W/W/W/W - 1st place - GOLD

Thefoanis Charalambous -66Kg

Panagiotis Markou -66Kg
W/L/W/L – 7th place

Christos Georgiou -66Kg

Orthodoxos Spantios -66Kg

Paris Solonos -73Kg

Filippos Giasoumi -81Kg
L/L – 7th place

Odysseas Georgakis -90Kg
W/W/W 1st Place – GOLD

Now the Women

Elena Dimitriou -48Kg

Charis Iordanou -48Kg
W/W/W/W – 1st place - GOLD

Erato Charalambous -57Kg
L/L - 7th place

Diana Dimitriou -63Kg
L/W/L – 5th place

Maria Livadiotou -63Kg
L/L - 7th place

Janet Michaelidou +70Kg
W/W/W 1st Place – GOLD

History was written this weekend!

With 5 Gold, Cyprus took the FIRST PLACE at the championship.

For some of our athletes, this was their first taste of international competition at European level competing with athletes from other countries and for them it was a great experience.  The medals showed that we are getting better and starting to hold our own with other countries.

To all the athletes we thank you – once again, you did us proud!

The Federation would al so like to thank the coaches that accompanied the athletes especially National Coach Lavrentis Alexanides.

Cyprus Judo Federation – We Have A Dream!

Commonwealth Judo Championship – Pre-Cadets


Following Nicola Evripidou’s Bronze at the Commonwealth Judo Championship, it was the turn of Giannis Antoniou in the +73Kg category Pre-Cadets (13 and 14 year olds).

Giannis came up against four other athletes – two from England, one from Scotland and one from India – all of which have international experience.

First up was Loic Keasey from England – Giannis won with Ippon
Next was Alexander Hutchinson – Giannis won with Ippon
Third was Daniel Ede from England – Giannis won with Ippon
Finally, it was Pollobjyoti Gohain from India – Giannis won with Ippon

 It was a very good performance from Gianni – it shows that he is another talent we have here in Cyprus.

 Unfortunately, there are no videos of the contests to share with you.

 Congratulations to Gianni for another medal for Cyprus – a Gold this time.

 Cyprus Judo Federation – We Have A Dream!

European Judo Open Championship – Luxembourg


After her Bronze medal in the Commonwealth Judo Championship, Nicola Evripidou was in action again in Luxembourg in the -57Kg category where here first contestant was Kesya Gangbes of France. 

Both athletes started off strong, with attacks from them but Nicola received a Shido penalty for an incorrect grip. The athlete from France then threw Nicola for a Waza-ari – a borderline decision, but a score it was. After 2 minutes Nicola received another Shido for non-combativity and then a third for a false attack – her third penalty that eliminated her from the contest.

Three competitions, two medals – Well done Nicola!

Cyprus Judo Federation – We Have A Dream!

World Cadet Judo Championships – Almaty, Kazakhstan


Let’s make no mistake – this is NOT a small competition – it is the World Championship for Cadets and it is held every two years, this year in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan with 464 athletes from 61 countries – 256 men and 208 women.

 Cyprus is represented by 7 athletes – 5 men and 2 women – Petros Christodoulides -50Kg, Kyprianos Andreou -60Kg, Georgios Balajiasvili -60Kg, Christos Georgiou -66Kg, Panagiotis Shakkos, -73Kg, Constantia Antoniou -70Kg and Janet Michailidou in the +70Kg category.

Petros Christodoulides -50Kg

 First up was Petro and his first contest was against the American champion Tegan Yuasa who at 17 was 3 years older than him and number 38 in the world ranking – 98 places higher than Petro!

 Petro was unlucky not to receive a score after only 12 seconds, but it was the American scored first in the first minute with a Seoi-Nage technique. The next minute saw both athletes competing for grips and trying to attack, but it was Petro who threw the American with Ippon Seoi Nage on the edge of the mat for a clear Ippon!

Contest video:

Petros next came up against Alexandru Matei from Romania who got the Gold medal at the Berlin Cadet European Cup earlier this year – a highly ranked athlete with a lot of experience at both European and World level and who received a bye in the first round. 

The contest started with both athletes vying for grips and Petro attacking. The Romanian attacked with a failed attack and Petro attempted to stangle him in Ne-Waza without effect. Towards the end of the first minute, Matei turned in for a Kataguruma style technique catching Petro and throwing him for Ippon – the Romanian went on to get Fifth place.

This is Petros first World Championship and with his win climbed 20 places in the World Ranking ladder.

Contest video:

Kyprianos Andreou -60Kg

Kypriano received a bye in the first round and was then up against Zakariae Elmaallem from Marocco – a very experienced athlete who had gotten Gold at the Tunis Cadet African Cup, Silver at the Cassablanca Cadet African Cup and Bronze at the African Junior Championships – all this year. Both athletes were attacking and for the first 60 seconds, there was very little between them, but the Moroccan received a Shido for non-combativity at the end of the first 60 seconds. In the second minute both athletes attacked with both of them almost scoring, but it was Elmaallem who caught Kypriano half way through the third minute and threw him for Ippon.

Contest video:

Georgios Balajishvili -60Kg

After a bye, the first contest for Georgios was against the Canadian Daniel McCristal who got Bronze at the Monteal Junior Panamerican cup and Bronze in the Montreal Cadet Panamerican Cup earlier this year. The contest started with a lot of vying for grips and the first minute had only two attacks from Georgio. The Canadian received a Shido penalty for non-combativity at the beginning of the second minute and thirty seconds later he attacked, but Georgio countered him and took him to the group – Ippon!

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Next up for Georgio was B. Tralhao Fernandes from Portugal. Both athletes came out attacking with the majority going to Georio and the at the end of the first minute, Fenandes received a Shido for non-combativity.  Into the second minute and the attacks from Georgio continued without any from the Portuguese athlete who received a second Shido for non-combativity. The attacks from Georgio continued, following them with Ne-Waza as well.  With no real attacks from Fernandes he received a third and final Shido eliminating him and giving the win to Georgio.

Contest video:

Georgio’s third contest was up against the experienced Japanese athlete Keiji Tsujioka. Not daunted by his opponent, Georgio came out attack both in Tach-Waza and Ne-Waza where he nearly was able to hold the Japanese athlete. Whilst on the ground Tsujioka tried to turn Georgio, but put his fingers illegally in his trousers and received a Shido penalty for this. The contest continued with both athletes try to get a good grip on the other and just into the third minute Georgio went to throw the Japanese athlete taking him clear off the ground, but landing on his front – no score. The athletes went into Ne-Waza again and it was here where Tsujioka’s experience showed as he held Georgio down for Ippon. 

Tsujioka went on to win the Gold medal so losing against him was no disgrace

Contest video:

Georgio went into the Repechage and came up against Turan Bayramov from Azererbaijan who had gotten Gold in both the European Cadet Championship and Teplice Cadet European Championship earlier this year – another very experienced athlete. World rankings and potential medals were at stake here so both athletes started with attacks and at the end of the first minute Bayramov attacked throwing Georgio that went for a video review – no score was given and the contest continued, again with both athletes attacking. After receiving some medical treatment, Georgios came back to the mat and the contest continued but with Georgio receiving a Shido penalty for aggressively breaking the grip of his opponent.  The contest continued into the third minute with Georgio needing treatment again for the bloody nose.  Bayramov attempted another throw and took Georgio to Ne-Waza where he managed to strangle Georgio for Ippon.

Contest video:

End of the road for Georgio, but he obtained SEVENTH place in the World Championship – another excellent performance by him!

Christos Georgiou -66Kg

Christos received a bye in the first round and had the athlete Jahja Nurkovi from Montenegro who had taken Bronze at the Teplice Cadet European Cup earlier this year.

Nurkovi attacked early almost scoring and taking Christo to Ne-Waza where he almost held him. The contest continued with both athletes constantly attacking and almost throwing the other. Halfway through the second minute Christo attacked, but it was Nurkovi who countered and threw Christo for Ippon.

Contest video:

Panagiotis Shakkos -73Kg


Panagiotos also received a bye and then his first contest was against Filip Ivanka from the Czech Republic – who had won Gold at the Fuengirola Cadet European Championship this year.

As they went into Golden Score, Panayioti threw Ivanka for Ippon and proceeded to the next round.

Here, he came up against Ganijon Ganijev from Tajikistan who had taken Gold at the Asia-Oceania Cadet Championships earlier this year and a very experienced athlete. Ganijev scored a Waza-Ari then an Ippon beating Panagioti.

Contest video: No video available

Constantina Antoniou

Onto the ladies and first up was Constantina who had Shehata Afnan of Egypt, a Bronze medallist in the African Junior Championship this year. Both athletes were contesting for grips from the beginning and first attack went to Constantina and then into Ne-Waza.  She then received a Shido after 90 seconds and the attacks from Constantina continued well into the third minute when the Eqyptian finally received a Shido for non-combativity and soon after a second for grabbing the trousers. The contest continued with more attacks from Constantina who almost threw the Egyptian with 30 seconds to go. The time ended and the contest went into Golden Score where, against the run-of-play, the Egyptian attacked, her FIRST in the contest and threw Constantina for a score, ending the contest. With no attacks in the 4 minutes of contest time, surely this was an injustice against Constantina as the Egyptian should have received at least one penalty for non-combativity?

Contest video: and see for yourself the lack of attacks from the Egyptian athlete.

Janet Michaelidou

Last for Cyprus was Janet who after getting a bye in the first round fought local athlete Madina Paragulgova from Kazakhstan who this year got Gold at the Macau Cadet Asian Cup and Gold at the Hong Kong Cadet Asian Cup. Janet was giving away a lot of weight to the heavier, more advanced athlete.  Both athletes came out attacking and trying to get their grip on the other. Janet attacked and then for a second time, this time Paragulgova was waiting for her and countered her for Ippon.

Contest video:

Cyprus Judo Federation

The Cadet World Championship is the highest competition for Cadets all over the world and the standard of Judo was very high. The athletes from Cyprus showed us once again the progress they have made and the ever-increasing level, because it is only by competing at this level that the athletes from Cyprus will become better.

The Federation is very pleased with all the athletes and their performances at the championship – some of which came up against very experienced athletes that eventually won medals.

The Federation would also like to thank National Coach Lavrentis Alexanidis and Coach Marinos Piponas who accompanied our athletes to the event. 

Cyprus Judo Federation – We Have A Dream!

World Championship – Tokyo, Japan


The most important event of the year in the Judo calendar is the World Championship that this year is being held in Tokyo, Japan.  With 835 competitors (506 men and 329 women) from 147 countries, it shows why this is such an important event.

Taking part in the competition was our athlete Christos Tricomitis in the -73Kg category – the second largest category with 90 athletes  After receiving a bye in the first round, Christos came up against the Turkish athlete Bilal Ciloglu.  The contest was close with both athletes attempting techniques.  Christos received a Shido penalty and then a second to take him close to losing the contest.  The contest continued with attacks from both athletes, but the referee gave Christos a third Shido for non-combativity in the third minute that meant he unfortunately lost the contest.  Ciloglu woe 2 more contests but lost to favourite Ono from Japan in the fifth round which meant that Christos did not proceed to the Repechage.

Well done to Christo for his brave effort – again our athletes did us proud!

Accompanying Christos was National Coach, Lavrentis Alexanidis.

Cyprus Judo Federation – We have A Dream!

Christos Tricomitis in blue

Christos Tricomitis in blue

Christos Tricomitis in blue

Christos Tricomitis in blue

Medals from The Games of the Small States of Europe

Our Judo Team that competed - (left to right) Georgios Kroussaniotakis, Georgios Balajiasvilli, Aristos Michael, Sofia Asvesta, Rudolf Kourtides and Nikola Evripidou - accompanies by (left to right) Costas Piponas (Physiotherapist), Nicos Patsiantos (Referee), Lavrentis Alexanidis (National and Team Coach) and Christos Christodoulides (Team Leader).

Our Judo Team that competed - (left to right) Georgios Kroussaniotakis, Georgios Balajiasvilli, Aristos Michael, Sofia Asvesta, Rudolf Kourtides and Nikola Evripidou - accompanies by (left to right) Costas Piponas (Physiotherapist), Nicos Patsiantos (Referee), Lavrentis Alexanidis (National and Team Coach) and Christos Christodoulides (Team Leader).

The Games of the Small States of Europe always sees Cyprus competing against other similar sized countries and is a good test for many of the athletes and their future careers.

Ladies first!

Sofia Asvesta in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Sofia Asvesta in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Sofia Asvesta was competing in the -52 Kg category. In her first contest she came up against Telma Martins from Luxembourg who she beat by Ippon in the last minute of the contest.  Her next contest was against Yamina-Sara Allag from Monaco who she beat 9 seconds into the second minute again with Ippon. In the final, Sofia fought Kim Eiden, again from Luxembourg.  It was a very close match with both competitors attacking and almost scoring until Sofia threw Eiden for Waza-ari and went on to hold on for GOLD.

Nikola Evripidou in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Nikola Evripidou in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

 Nikola Evripidou came up against some very still competition in her -63Kg category.  Her first contest was against Rania Drid from Monaco where she fought well, but lost in the end by Ippon. He second was against the athlete from Iceland, Asta Arnorsdottir who she lost to at the end of the first minute. Her third contest was against Lia Povendano Ruiz of Andora where Nikola scored first with a Waza-ari, but lost in the end in the last minute by Ippon. In her last contest, Nikola came up against the eventual silver medalist Florine Soula from Monaco who she lost to with Ippon.  Nikola didn’t get a medal this time, but fought very well, against very good competition and there is a bright future for her.

Now onto the men!

Giorgios Balajiasvili in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Giorgios Balajiasvili in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Giorgios Balajiasvili competed in the -60 Kg and produced an excellent performance.  First up was Dofri Bragason from Iceland who Giorgios beat with Ippon. Next up was Alexander Heiidarsson again from Iceland who Giorgios again beat by Ippon, this time within 46 seconds!  Finally, Giorgios had to compete with Yann Siccardi from Monaco who he beat with Ippon in the final minute for GOLD. The contests and three Ippons!

Rudolf Kourtides in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Rudolf Kourtides in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

In the -73 Kg Roudolf Kourtides beat Cedric Bessi from Monaco in his first contest with Ippon after Bessi had scored first with a Waza-ari. In his second contest, Rudolf lost to local hero Nikola Gardasevic from Montenegro by Ippon in the last minute.  In the fight for third place, Rudolf fought Mar Reig Arnau from Adora. Rudolf was the more superior athlete and overpowered Arnau with a fantastic Ippon to take the BRONZE medal.

Aristos Michael in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Aristos Michael in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Aristos Michael won his first contest in the -81 Kg category against Johan Blanc from Monaco with an Ippon. In the final he fought Tizie-Jean-Thierry Gnamien, again from Monaco where they fought a very close contest. Aristo was unlucky to go down with a Waza-ari for a throw that could have gone either way and then in the third minute was thrown for Ippon.  SILVER for Arito and another excellent result.

Giorgos Kroussaniotakis in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Giorgos Kroussaniotakis in action - Photo: Cyprus Olympic Committee

Giorgios Kroussaniotakis competed in the -100 Kg category and his first contest was against Por Davidsson from Iceland who he beat by Waza-ari.  In his second contest, Giorgios went a Waza-ari down to Anto Dubreta from Montenegro before beating him by Ippon to take the win. In the final Giorgios fought Danilo Pantic from Montenegro.  The contest was very tight with each athlete attacking the other continuously and a number of almost scores for both other them. In the end the match was decided with a single Waza-ari scored by Pantic.  SILVER for Giorgios and another medal for Cyprus

SIX athletes, FIVE medals – TWO GOLD, TWO SILVER, ONE BRONZE – Excellent performance!

The medals are a tribute to the athletes, their coaches and the national team coaches all of whom were responsible for their medals today.  With a little bit of luck, the two silver medals could have been gold, but saying that all the athletes fought well and justified being selected for the National Team.

The Federation would like to thank all the athletes for making us proud once again by representing Cyprus so well in the Games of the Small States of Europe.

#TeamCyprus – well done to all!

Some more photos of our athletes!

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.