The latest Judo News offered by

Azeri judoka not happy in preparation to European Games

3 Mar 2015 12:40

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
Elmar Gasimov_AZE

A number of Azerbaijani judoka held a protest in connection with the financial situation at the Azerbaijan Judo Federation. According to the Azeri Newspapers the athletes haven’t been paid or get it very late. Among the protesters Elmar Gasimov, 2013 world champion Elkhan Mammadov, and world championship medallist Nijat Shikhalizade. "How are we going to act on the EuroGames with such a training?"

The last serious victory for an Azeri judoka was in October when Orkhan Safarov won gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. “The reason for this is lack of charges, adequate funding, the delay of salaries” Elmar Gasimov said.  “Reservists do not receive wages and therefore do not come to training. There is no sparring partners in national teams. I perform in the weight category U100kg, but in training I have no one to fight.”

“We have repeatedly met with the vice-president of the Federation, spoke about our problems. But the problem are not solved. We do not have an elementary equipment. Those who are injured are treated at their own expense.”


With the most important competitions, the European games, the World Championships and the Olympic Games of Rio “how will we perform there with such training?"

The president of the Judo Federation of Azerbaijan is a former Minister of Labour and Social Protection Fizuli Alekperov.


Best Azeri judoka in the latest IJF World Ranking

4. Orkhan Safarov U60kg

4. Elkhan Mammadov U100kg

5. Elmar Gasimov U100kg

9. Rustam Orujov U73kg

10. Ilgar Mushkiyev U60kg

13. Nijat Shikhalizada U66kg

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Elkhan Mammadov (AZE) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro (2013, BRA) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Georgii Zantaraia (UKR), Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE) - Grand Prix Tbilisi (2014, GEO) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Denis Vieru is the man on form U66kg

19 Jun 2019 17:15

This division is likely the most competitive in Europe and Minsk will give us the answer who are the real challengers of Abe and Maruyama at the World Championships. Denis Vieru is the man in the class U66kg given his performances so far this year. He is second seeded as Vazha Margvelashvili has been very consistent, although he haven’t seen him too much lately. Read more


Victorious Denis Vieru steals the show in Baku

10 May 2019 22:50

Paris Grand Slam winner Denis Vieru of Moldova won his second Grand Slam title of the season as he defeated Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE). Vieru, 23, planted the veteran Azeri, 31, for ippon to propel himself even higher on the World Ranking List next week. Shikhalizada had to settle for silver while Moldova’s golden man won his third IJF event of the season from four outings. Read more


Spanish lightweights inspired by competition in Baku

10 May 2019 14:40

At the first day of the Grand Slam in Baku the Spanish team battles for the gold in a surprising category U48kg. Although Julia Figueroa dominates the class for years, new kids on the block have arrived and this time Laura Martinez Abelenda reached the final where she will battle for gold against Figueroa. Abelenda who was always so close to a medal at various age levels, now breaks through the barriers with a victory over Catarina Costa of Portugal. Read more


Slovenian Adrian Gomboc takes gold in Tashkent

9 Nov 2018 16:15

Adrian Gomboc showed he is back on track with a gold medal at the Grand Prix in Tashkent. He takes precious points and in Uzbekistan he defeated Uzbek home player Sardor Nurillaev against the number five of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and this year's European Champion. After a minute of observation, the first strong attack came from Nurillaev, with a drop-seoi-nage, which made the public immediately react, but for no score. Read more


Preview U66kg: Hifumi Abe poised to win gold, Israel has two chances

20 Sep 2018 22:10

The U66kg division is a huge one with many players in each pool. With 75 judoka the field is amazing. Only Paris 2011 had more (artificial) participants. It’s a quality field with the top players. But the absolute eyecatcher is Hifumi Abe of Japan. Read more