European Judo Union

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European Judo Union
Formation28 July 1948; 74 years ago (1948-07-28)
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Region served
51 Judo federations
Official languages
Hungary Dr László Tóth
Senior Vice-President
Germany Otto Kneitinger
Croatia Hrvoje Lindi
Switzerland Sergei Aschwanden
General Secretary
Austria Dr Martin Poiger
Main organ
EJU Congress
Parent organization

The EJU consists of 51 national Judo federations/associations, and is itself recognised by the IJF as one of five continental unions. The organisation of the administration of Judo is based on a pyramid system of regulations, with the IJF the world governing body, the EJU the European governing body, and national Judo associations the governing bodies at domestic level.[1][2]

The first meeting was held on July 26, 1948, in London to form the European Judo Union (EJU).[citation needed] Representatives from Great Britain, Austria, and the Netherlands took part. The meeting was adjourned until the following Wednesday. On July 28 finally, Great Britain put forward the motion: "That the European Judo Union be now formed on the basis of the Constitution as approved, and that all other European countries be circulated with a copy of it and be invited to join." This was seconded by Holland and approved unanimously.[3] France, who was allowed to express opinions but not to vote.[citation needed]

The object of the proposed Union was the standardisation of judo rules and procedures and the establishment of an international body for arbitration. Inclusion of judo in the Olympic Games was first mentioned in this meeting.[4] Young French publisher Henry D. Plee suggested that he print a translation of the Kodokan's monthly magazine in English and French; the EJU agreed to make it an official organ of the EJU.[citation needed]

After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, in February 2022 Russian Sergey Soloveychik resigned as European Judo Union President, a position he had held since 2007, and thereafter the Russian Judo Federation and the Belarusian Judo Federation suspended their participation in all EJU international events, and the EJU cancelled two events that had been scheduled to take place in Russia.[5][6][7] In addition, the EJU withdrew Russian President Vladimir Putin's title of Honorary President of EJU.[7][8]


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Date Name Country
1949 John Barnes United Kingdom Great Britain
1949–1952 Aldo Torti Italy Italy
1952–1957 Jaap Nauwelaerts D'Agé Netherlands Netherlands
1957–1960 H. Frantzen Germany Germany
1960–1984 A.J. Ertel France France
1984–1996 Kurt Kucera Austria Austria
1996–2000 Frans Hoogendijk Netherlands Netherlands
2000–2007 Marius Vizer Austria Austria
2007–2022 Sergey Soloveychik Russia Russia
2022 Otto Kneitinger - ad interim Germany Germany
2022– László Toth Hungary Hungary


Nomination Nominees 2010 Nominees 2011 Nominees 2012 Nominees 2013 Nominees 2014 Nominees 2015 Nominees 2016 Nominees 2017 Nominees 2018 Nominees 2019 Nominees 2020
Best European Male Judoka Ilias Iliadis Greece Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Avtandili Tchrikishvili Georgia (country) Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Nikoloz Sherazadishvili Spain Lukhumi CHKHVIMIANI Georgia (country) Peter PALTCHIK (ISR) Israel
Best European Female Judoka Lucie Decosse France Gevrise EMANE France Lucie Decosse France Majlinda Kelmendi Kosovo Majlinda Kelmendi Kosovo Tina Trstenjak Slovenia Tina Trstenjak Slovenia Clarisse Agbegnenou France Clarisse Agbegnenou France Clarisse Agbegnenou France Clarisse Agbegnenou France
Best European Junior Male Judoka Marcus Nyman Sweden Khusen Kharmurzaev Russia Damian Szwarnowiecki Poland Beka Gviniashvili Georgia (country) Krisztián Toth Hungary Beka Gviniashvili Georgia (country) Hidayet Heydarov Azerbaijan Hidayet Heydarov Azerbaijan Manuel Lombardo Italy Lasha BEKAURI Georgia (country) Richard SIPOCZ Hungary
Best European Junior Female Judoka Abigel Joo Hungary Bernadette GRAF Austria Dilara Lokmanheki Turkey Barbara Matic Croatia Amandine Buchard France Szabina Gercsak Hungary Marie Eve Gahie France Amber Gersjes Netherlands Daria Bilodid Ukraine Eteri LIPARTELIANI Georgia (country) Andrea STOJADINOV Serbia
Best Judo Personality - Ilias Iliadis Greece Alina Dumitru Romania Lucie Decosse France Ilias Iliadis Greece & Teddy Riner France - - - -
Best Team Men - - Russia Russia Georgia Georgia (country) - Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia Georgia (country) - - -
Best Team Women Netherlands Netherlands France France - - France France GermanyGermany Poland Poland France France - - -
Best Mixed Team - - - - - - - - - - France France
Best European Men's Coach Benoit Campargue France Vitaily Dubrova Ukraine Ezio Gamba Russia Irakli Uznadze Georgia (country) Irakli Uznadze Georgia (country) Franck Chambily France Dmitry Morozov Russia Ljubisa Majdov Serbia Bato Jikuri Georgia (country) John-Paul BELL Netherlands Khasanbi TAOV Russia
Best European Women's Coach Florin Bercean Romania Martine Dupond France Martine Dupond France Shany Hershko Israel Martine Dupond France Marjan Fabjan Slovenia Martine Dupond France Larbi Benboudaoud France Larbi Benboudaoud France Larbi Benboudaoud France Larbi Benboudaoud France
Best European Event European Judo Championships in Vienna Austria U23 European Judo Championships in Tyumen Russia European Judo Championships in Chelabinsk Russia European Judo Championships in Budapest Hungary European Judo Championships in Montpellier France Junior European Judo Championships in Oberwart Austria European Judo Championships U23 in Tel Aviv Israel Golden League in Ankara Turkey European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv Israel European Judo Championships / 2nd European Games in Minsk Belarus European Judo Championships in Prague Czech Republic
Best European Organiser Czech Judo Federation Czech Republic Belgium Judo Federation Belgium Czech Judo Federation Czech Republic Estonian Judo Federation Estonia Polish Judo Association for European Judo Championships U23 in Wroclaw Poland Austrian Judo Federation for Junior European Judo Championships and Golden League in Vienna Austria Russian Judo Federation for European Judo Championships in Kazan and Golden League in Grozny Russia Lithuanian Judo Federation for Upgrading Junior EJC and Cadet EC Kaunas Lithuania Russian Judo Federation for Mixed Team European Judo Championships in Ekaterinburg Russia Portuguese Judo Federation for European Club Championships in Odivelas Portugal Croatian Judo Federation for Junior and U23 Judo Championships in Porec Croatia
Most Progressive European Female Referee Cathy Mouette France Ioana Babiuc Romania Ioana Babiuc Romania Cathy Mouette France Annamaria Fridrich Hungary Katalin Fridrich Hungary Heather Lootjens Belgium Roberta Chyurlia Italy Roberta Chyurlia Italy Hana SAFARIKOVA Czech Republic Roberta Chyurlia Italy
Most Progressive European Male Referee Franc Ocko Slovenia Vladimir Vostrikov Russia Vladimir Vostrikov Russia Manuel Cortes Spain Vincent Druaux France Vladimir Hnidka Czech Republic Artur Fando Belarus Vladimer Nutsubidze Georgia (country) Raul Camacho Spain Vasily SMOLIN Russia Mathieu BATAILLE France

Main events[edit]

Tournament Place Date
European Judo Championships Montpellier, France France 03 - 05 November 2023
European Judo Championships Mixed Team Krakow, Poland Poland 01 July 2023
U23 European Judo Championships Potsdam, Germany Germany 17 - 19 November 2023
Junior European Judo Championships The Hague, Netherlands Netherlands 07 – 10 September 2023
Cadet European Judo Championships Coimbra, Portugal Portugal 22 – 25 June 2023
Veteran European Judo Championships Podčetrtek, Slovenia Slovenia 08 - 11 June 2023
Kata European Judo Championships Podčetrtek, Slovenia Slovenia 12 – 14 June 2023
European Club Championships - Champions League Belgrade, Serbia Serbia 09 December 2023
European Club Championships - Europa League Belgrade, Serbia Serbia 10 December 2023
Games of Small States of Europe Valetta, Malta Malta 30 May - 01 June 2023



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  2. ^ Blanpain, Roger (6 September 2017). European Labour Law. Kluwer Law International. ISBN 9789041127679. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Judo Union.
  4. ^ Green, Thomas A.; Svinth, Joseph R. (6 September 2017). Martial Arts in the Modern World. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780275981532. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "European Judo Union cancels two 2022 events in Russia".
  6. ^ "Russia withdraw from international judo events over safety fears". March 14, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Soloveychik resigns as EJU President following Russian invasion of Ukraine". February 28, 2022.
  8. ^ Media, E. J. U. (February 28, 2022). "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN JUDO UNION".

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