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!

Silver for Georgios!


Congratulations to our athlete Giorgios Balarjishvili who came away from the European U18’s with a SILVER MEDAL!!!

With 4 wins from 53 athletes in total Georgios managed to reach the finals of the -60Kg category where he narrowly missed out on gold, losing by a wha-ari to Victor Van Gerven from the Netherlands.

With wins at World and European championships, Georgios has earned his place in the world judoka rankings.

With 2 wins and narrowly missing out on 3rd place or champion Loucas Louca came 9th in the same -60Kg category.

Gaining vital experience from his contests was our athlete Stylianos Yiasoumi who came away with hopes for the future.

The Federation would like to thank coach Marinos Pipona for all his help and coaching at the competition.

Congratulations to Georgios on his silver medal and to all our other athletes!