This week the Croatian Judo Federation will be welcoming over 480 athletes to Zagreb for the European Open on the 1st and 2nd of May, 2021. Hosting the 33 nations from around the world is the Dom Sportova 2.
In 2020, Croatia successfully hosted the Junior and U23 European Championships following the first Grand Slam in Hungary after the lockdown caused by the pandemic.
Day one will see the lighter weight categories come in to play including up and coming Kosovo athlete, Laura FAZLIU (-63kg). Last year in Croatia she picked up a junior silver and U23 bronze medal and pushed herself further in the most recent senior European Championships in Lisbon, taking an impressive 5th place. At only 20 years-old she is rapidly climbing to make a name for herself alongside her formidable teammates.
On the second day we will see the young and talented Hungarian team come in to play; including GOZ Roland, the -90kg 2019 junior World and European silver medallist. In the U23 European Championships he left with a bronze medal and has since been reaching European Open finals and will intend to this week.