The upcoming 2020 European Judo Championships has been postponed, per European Judo Union.
The event that was scheduled to be held from November 8-10 will now take place from November 19-21. The elite competition will still be held in Prague, Czech Republic, at the O2 Arena.
Czech Republic will host the Euro Championships for the first time since 1991. Currently, the 4,500 spectator event is sold out, however, it cannot be decided until closer to the date whether or not individuals aside from competitors, coaches and organisers will be permitted in to the venue. The organiser is hopeful that they will be able to invite judo fans from Europe by the end of November.
Here is what the Vice President of the EJU, Mr. Michal Vachun, had to say:
I would like to express many thanks on behalf of the European Judo family to President Jiří Dolejš and team of the Czech Judo Federation for their wilful dedication to keep the European Championships 2020 in Prague, alive. They mobilised again and again to offer newer and better date alternatives during months of hardship and uncertainity caused by the pandemic. Health safety of all participants is at the forefront of our concerns, the EJU team had introduced ‘Regulations for the Restart of Judo Events’ and continues the close cooperation with organisers to ensure that effective health protection measures are in place. Unfortunately we are facing unpredictable development throughout the world and Europe but a new perspective of our flagship event in Prague and Championships in Poreč of juniors, U23 (date to be confirmed soon) and Riga (cadets) in November will motivate our athletes and keep the European judo family strong together.