A lot of great judoka aim for the gold in Porec

Porec is a familiar town when it comes to hosting Europe’s youth. From 23 June the top class European talents will be fighting for the Cadet European titles. Porec continues a good tradition and was able to organize European Championships for judoka’s U20 years in 2012 and 2020, combined with the European U23 Championships in a time of COVID-19. Now the scene is back for some their top event of the year.

Obviously the medallists will like also appear at the World Championships in Sarajevo in August, another city that has a reputation in organizing youth Championships. Porec is a popular summer resort on the coast of the Istrian Peninsula in western Croatia. The coastline north and south of town draws visitors with camping areas, marinas and beaches with water sports. Certainly tempting and challenging to enjoy too much in advance of the Championships.

Host Croatia doesn’t have a generation compared to that in 2012 with (current senior World Champion) Barbara Matic, her sister Brigita, Ivana Sutalo who all medalled. Since then the Croatians exploded in success with exactly that generation. European Junior titles followed, and even World titles for both Matic sisters. Even a newer generation came up with Karla Prodan, Ana Viktorija Puljiz, Lara Cvjetko, Helena Vukovic and Katarina Kristo. Mainly young women who celebrated lots of European and World victories.

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