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Pregnant Canadian judoka Kelita Zupancic retires

25 Feb 2021 22:55

After representing Canada for twelve years on the international judo stage, Kelita Zupancic has retired from her athletic career. Although the decision was not an easy one, Zupancic has plenty of exciting new projects to look forward to in the next chapter of her life. Recently Sally Conway and Alice Schlesinger retired as well as last year’s decisions of Ami Kondo, Kathrin Unterwurzacher, Riki Nakaya, Dirk van Tichelt, Laura Vargas Koch among others. Read more


IJF World Tour Heads to Tashkent for Grand Slam

25 Feb 2021 18:30

In 2021, Central Asia will host one of the most prestigious judo tournaments. January 15 was the remarkable date on which the decision came about. On this date, the International Judo Federation (IJF), along with the Judo Federation of Uzbekistan, agreed on a contract. Hence, the world senior championships will take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2021. Read more


Refugee Olympic Team for judo announced in June

25 Feb 2021 14:50

At the Olympic Games in Rio, two Olympic Refugee athletes participated in judo. For the Tokyo Olympic Games Olympic Solidarity is currently supporting 55 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders, who are training in the hope of competing at Tokyo 2020 this summer. They come from 13 countries and are hosted by 21 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) across all 5 continents, representing 12 sports. Read more


Qualified Gili Cohen: Judo more than sport

25 Feb 2021 08:30

Gili Cohen is a veteran of the Israeli women’s team, a full time athlete for almost half her life and on at day one of the Grand Slam in Tel Aviv she qualified for her second Olympic Games. The IJF Team spoke to Cohen. Read more


Is 150 days enough for Charline van Snick to recover

24 Feb 2021 11:35

Belgian ace Charline van Snick was unlucky at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam after she got injured in her contest against French Astride Gneto in the repechage phase of the tournament. Van Snick hurt her right ankle and couldn’t proceed her bronze medal fight against Majlinda Kelmendi in Israel. Read more


1992 Olympic Champion Miriam Blasco: I wasn’t motivated to win more medals

23 Feb 2021 13:05

Spanish top judoka Miriam Blasco was a senator for twelve years, four years as a deputy, and she qualifies her experience as very positive, however she still has the stain of having voted against equal marriage, something that she would not have done now. Her partner is Nicole Fairbrother, with whom she faced in the final of the Barcelona Olympics. Read more


Sally Conway's Great Escape

23 Feb 2021 11:25

With an Olympic and World bronze, a European silver and seven IJF World Tour titles under her belt, Britain's Sally Conway has decided to call it a day. It's not clear why she decided to call it quits with just about half a year to go before the Olympic Games. Read more

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