On Saturday 4th of December, the Olympic champions hailing from the European Judo Union came together to be celebrated for their incredible achievements in Tokyo this year. During a spectacular gala dinner hosted by the Turkish Judo Federation, Distria Krasniqi, Nora Gjakova and Lukas Krpalek stood to proudly accept their recognition awards from both IJF President Mr Marius Vizer and EJU President Mr Sergey Soloveychik.
Unable to travel to Turkey, Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA) and Lasha Bekauri (GEO) we’re happy to have their awards accepted by French Judo Federation President, Mr Stephane Nomis and Mr Bekauri’s personal coach, Mr Aleks Ghvinashvili.
Representatives of the National Judo Federation, whose athletes won a medal during the Tokyo Olympic Games were also given recognition. There were a record number of nations to take medals in the Olympic Games this year, an impressive 16, which was made 17 in the mixed teams event.
The following were awarded; Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Netherlands, Portugal, ROC (Russia), Slovenia and Ukraine.
Source and image: www.ijf.org and www.eju.net