MOSCOW, November 1. / TASS /. Eighteen national judo teams have applied to participate in the European Mixed Team Championship from November 24 to 26 in the Russian city of Ufa, Kirill Denisov, sports director of the Russian Judo Federation, told TASS on Monday. (RJF).
The mixed team judo competition was first held in 2018 in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals, which hosted 21 national teams. Germany won the championship at the time by beating the judokas of the Netherlands, while the national teams of Russia and Ukraine took home bronze.
“The European Mixed Team Championship only became available after this discipline was included in the program of the Tokyo Olympics, where team competition crowned the tournament,” Denisov said in an interview with TASS. . “It’s a very prestigious tournament and it’s very prestigious for Ufa to host it.”
“To date, a total of 18 teams have submitted their requests to participate,” he continued.
According to Denisov, the next Ufa tournament would be a priority start for Russian judo.
“The upcoming competition is indeed a very important tournament for us before the end of the year and we hope that it will be followed by [the national team’s] forward thinking – we have talented and strong wrestlers and we are all about winning. “
“The competitions should be organized in bubble mode and the athletes will only be able to attend two places, namely a hotel and a gym,” Denisov continued. “Each participant will have to undergo a three-phase testing system.”
“If we are talking about our team, I have to say that they are 90% vaccinated and it was never a question of getting vaccinated or not before the Games,” he said. “This is why our national team had not contracted the disease to date.”
The European Judo Federation (EJF) said in its press release at the end of September that: “This year, the European Mixed Team Championship will be held in Ufa, Russia, after Minsk, Belarus in 2019 and Ekaterinburg, in Russia in 2018. ”
The mixed team judo event was also on the Olympic program, making its debut at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The 2020 Summer Olympics in the Japanese capital of Tokyo took place this year between July 23 and August 8. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Japan for one year due to the spread of COVID-19.
Russian President Vladimir Poutine, 69, is known for his unconditional support for the development of sport in Russia, he is a black belt in judo and regularly practices this martial art.
In 2012, the International Judo Federation awarded Putin an eighth Dan for his work promoting the sport. In his youth, Putin was a judo champion in his hometown of Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg. In 2008, he starred in a video tutorial on martial art titled “Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin”.