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Top battles in 2019 U73kg: Soichi Hashimoto vs Shohei Ono

2 Jan 2019 13:05

With the rise of young champions there’s more talk of dream contests than ever before with the long-time stars of the IJF World Judo Tour and reigning Olympic champions poised to do battle. Read more

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World Masters 2019 moved from Guangzhou to Shenzhen

2 Jan 2019 11:20

Fresh off the season-ending World Judo Masters in Guangzhou, China, it’s been revealed that the 2019 edition will be hosted by the same country but from a different city, Shenzhen. Read more

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The judo stars we can expect in 2019

2 Jan 2019 09:20

Daria Bilodid of the Ukraine is of course among the stars we can expect to shine again in 2019. Bilodid is the youngest world judo champion of all time. She can be considered an exception or a one-off in terms of breathtaking ability at her tender age, but the teenager’s six victories on the IJF circuit catapulted her to stardom in 2018. Read more

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The 5 biggest female judo breakthroughs of 2018

28 Dec 2018 14:40

Who are the ten groundbreaking talents who really emerged this year, at any level? We closely watched judoka born from 1998 onwards. Some of the most absolutely amazing stars of this year, such as Sarah Asahina, Haruka Funakubo or Jessica Klimkait, had already experienced their breakthroughs, but nonetheless had their best year ever and are expected to develop further. Read more

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The 5 biggest male judo breakthroughs of 2018

27 Dec 2018 15:35

Who are the ten groundbreaking talents who really emerged this year, at any level? We closely watched judoka born from 1998 onwards. Some of the most absolutely amazing stars of this year, such as Sherazadishvili, Igolnikov or Gjakova had already experienced their breakthroughs, but nonetheless had their best year ever and are expected to develop further. Read more

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Top earners in the IJF World Judo Tour 2018

24 Dec 2018 10:45

Being a judoka is not the financially most solid occupation. Not a surprise to many despite the increasing prize money awarded by the IJF in the IJF World Tour. The absolute top players cannot even get a year salary. However the prize money is for sure an appreciation of the hard work and investments. Read more

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Guram Modebadze new head coach for Georgia

18 Dec 2018 10:10

The Georgian Judo Federation finally found a successor for Irakli Tsirekidze as national head coach. Guram Modebadze will be announced after the National Championships at 27-28 December as new coach for Georgia. Modebadze is respected and coached many top athletes. Read more

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