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Photographer Paco Lozano awarded but affected by Covid-19

27 Mar 2020 09:05

Not just judoka are stuck at home due to the virus. Also some of our familiar judo photographers is under lock-down. Paco Lozano is an award-winning judo photographer from Malaga, Spain. A 3rd Dan in judo, he travels the globe covering major IJF events for a wide variety of magazines and websites. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy spoke to the passionate Spaniard. Read more

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Confident Sanne van Dijke in heavy battle for Tokyo 2021

25 Mar 2020 17:20

The Netherlands have a real luxury problem in the 70 kg weight class, because with Kim Polling and Sanne van Dijke you have two world-class judoka. They are on the second and third place in the Olympic ranking and have both beaten World Champion Marie Eve Gahie and Japan's top athlete Arai Chizuru. It is a close fight between the two Dutch top aces. In an interview with Diana Suess, the silver medallist of the 2019 Masters Sanne van Dijke talks about pressure, mentality and the Olympic Games of 2021. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Katharina Haecker

25 Mar 2020 10:15

German-born Katharina Haecker, who represents Australia, was the U63kg gold medalist at the 2020 Tel Aviv Grand Prix. This was not only her first ever Grand Prix gold, it’s also the first time any Australian judo player has won any IJF World Tour event. Locked-down in Luxembourg, where she is currently based, Katharina is training as hard as ever at home, even as news broke that the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed. JudoInside's partner Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy interviewer the European Aussie. Read more

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IJF President Marius Vizer satisfied with IOC decision

24 Mar 2020 15:10

IJF President Marius L. Vizer is satisfied with the decision of the IOC to postpone the Olympic Games to next year given the current crisis. In his regular twitter session #AskVizer the IJF President reacted. Read more

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Reactions of the top judoka on postponement of the Games

24 Mar 2020 14:25

The IOC will move summer Games to 2021 over coronavirus pandemic. That was announced on Tuesday, which is a very unfortunate situation for all judoka and all athletes in the world involved. Here are the main reactions from some of the athletes in the IJF World Tour. We asked some of our judo world leaders for a reaction. Read more

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One year postponement of the games is a fact

24 Mar 2020 13:25

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC president, Thomas Bach. The Olympics have never before been delayed, but were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the two world wars. Read more

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IOC president Thomas Bach asks for understanding of the challenge

23 Mar 2020 14:20

Amidst growing concerns and uncertainty with regards to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the International Judo Federation publishes the open letter of IOC President, Thomas Bach to all athletes. Read more

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