European Judo Union

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European Judo Union
Jurisdiction International
Abbreviation EJU
Founded 1951
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
President Sergey Soloveychik
Official website

In 1951 Judo administrators from Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland gathered to form the European Judo Union (EJU). When EJU leaders met in London, Austria joined the organisation as well. Inclusion of judo in the Olympic Games was first mentioned in this meeting. 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.

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.

Major European Judo Stars[edit]


  • Romania Alina Dumitru, Romania, U48kg, 2008 Olympic Champion, 2012 runner-up
  • Russia Natalia Kuzyutina, Russia, U52kg, 2013 European Champion
  • Portugal Telma Monteiro, Portugal, U57kg, triple vice-world champion
  • Israel Yarden Gerbi, Israel, U63kg, 2013 World Champion
  • Netherlands Kim Polling, Netherlands, U70kg, 2013 European Champion
  • Hungary Abigél Joó, Hungary, U78kg, 2012 European Champion
  • Slovenia Lucija Polavder, Slovenia, +78 kg


  • Russia Arsen Galstyan, Russia, U60kg, 2012 Olympic Champion
  • Georgia (country) Lasha Shavdatuashvili, Georgia, U66kg, 2012 Olympic Champion
  • Russia Mansur Isaev, Russia, U73kg, 2012 Olympic Champion
  • Georgia (country) Avtandil Tchrikishvili, Georgia, U81kg, 2014 World Champion
  • Greece Ilias Iliadis, Greece, U90kg, 2011 World Champion
  • Russia Tagir Khaibulaev, Russia, U100kg, 2012 Olympic Champion
  • France Teddy Riner, France, +100 kg, 2012 Olympic Champion, 2013 World Champion

Most successful European female judoka[edit]

Most successful European male judoka[edit]

Presidents of the EJU[edit]

  • Netherlands Jaap Nauwelaerts D'Agé, Netherlands, 1952–1957
  • Germany H. Frantzen, Germany, 1957–1960
  • France A.J. Ertel, France, 1960–1984
  • Austria Kurt Kucera, Austria, 1984–1996
  • Netherlands Frans Hoogendijk, Netherlands, 1996–2000
  • Austria Marius Vizer, Austria,[1] 2000–2007
  • Russia Sergey Soloveychik, Russia, 2007–present


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