2015 Veteran World Championships, Amsterdam DAY 1 Back
September 21, 2015
IJF News - 21 September, 2015
Veteran World Championships 2015, Amsterdam
The Veteran World Championships 2015 started on Monday at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam, Netherlands as the oldest judoka in the competition were in action.
The M6 (age 55-59), M7 (60-64), M8 (65-69), M9 (70-74), M10 (75-79) and M11 (80 and over) judoka showed their spirit and passion for the Olympic sport at the premier competition in veterans judo on day one.
IJF Veterans Commission Director Mr. Andrei BONDOR (below - left) explained the ethos behind the event and the significance of the competition.
"This is the first time we’ve held the event over four days and it is important to ensure we have good time management and all 1,200 competitors, which is typical of the popularity of this event, are able to compete in a good environment.
"The Veteran World Championships are also a social occasion for friends and family of the competitors to be here and witness and there is a great bond between the competitors.
"We factor in everything to maximise the experience and enjoyment for the competitors as the event is a real meeting point for everyone in the judo family. Judoka of all ages need an outlet to compete and we are pleased to be able to offer that and to continue to show the spirit of our sport and our judoka.”
Before the final block there was a special set of presentations. Mr. Willem Jan STEGEMAN (above - right), Judo Bond Netherland President, received an IJF Gold card and a Herend porcelain statue of Jigoro Kano, on behalf of IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER.
Mr. Koos LETTERIE (below), Judo Bond Netherland Sports Director, received an IJF Gold medal for his achievements and career.
Veteran Championships 2015 medals were awarded to long-time Dutch international judoka Mr. Hendrik KOPPE and Event Manager Mr. Wouter KOEMAN for their role in the organising the competition.
Mr. Hendrik KOPPE recieves his medal from Mr. Andrei BONDOR
Mr. Wouter KOEMAN recieves his medal from Mr. BONDOR
Among the veterans making their mark was 70-year-old bronze medallist (M10, -73kg) Stan CANTRILL (GBR) from Wales who has won over 90 international medals as a veteran and said that nothing can compare with the feeling of throwing for ippon.
CANTRILL, who has fought at every edition of the Veteran World Championships, said: "I can’t explain the feeling but there is nothing like it. When you score ippon, when you stand on the podium, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, you feel every emotion.”
M10, -73kg medal podium
Gold: Daniel BONGARD (SUI)
Silver: Valentins AZAROVS (LAT)
Bronze: Stan CANTRILL (GBR)
The British judoka, who in his youth was a regular training partner of 1972 Olympic bronze medallist Brian JACKS, started judo aged 14 and it is still an integral part of his life.
"I tried all sorts of sports when I was young but nothing was as special as judo. I like the feeling of fighting and being out there on my own on the tatami. I train three times a week and while I keep winning medals I will keep competing.
"I have really enjoyed the atmosphere at the event, seeing friends from all over the world, there is nothing quite like it. It’s really been a fabulous experience. The veteran team is the backbone of many national federations and I feel so fortunate to practice this sport and grateful for everything it has offered me in my life.
"One day I will be ready for my pipe and slippers but not yet, I still feel like the fittest OAP in my country,” added CANTRILL.
On Tuesday, the M1 and M3 age groups will be competing with Sydney 2000 Olympic champion Mark HUIZINGA set to return to competition in his favoured -90kg category. Watch all the action live from 9.30am CEST at www.ippon.tv
In the blue judogi, Farhad RAJABLI (AZE) defeated Gerardus THEUNISSEN (NED) in the M6, -90kg final
Click here to view the full picture gallery from Day 1
Click here for the contest sheets.
(Above) Jos WENNEKERS (NED) won M8, -81kg gold on home soil.
Click here for the medals per country.
M6, +100kg medal podium
Tuesday - Veterans
Categories: M1, M3
Wednesday - Veterans
Categories: M4, M5
Thursday - Veterans
Categories: M2/All women’s divisions
Location: Sporthallen Zuid
IJF Media & Communications Department
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Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director
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