2015 Veteran World Championships, Amsterdam DAY 4 Back
September 24, 2015
Veteran World Championships 2015, Amsterdam
The Veteran World Championships produced one last day of compelling judo as the final men’s age group and all female judoka were bidding for world success at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam on Thursday.
The men’s M2 (age 35-39) and all women’s categories brought the four-day competition to a conclusion on Thursday.
IJF Veterans Commission Director Mr. Andrei BONDOR said: "Everything has been perfect, we are very happy with the competition. There has been great camaraderie among all the judoka. There are many challenges when you have over 1,000 competitors and you're registering up to 400 judoka on a daily basis but the organisation and registration, which was administered by Dutch Judo Federation, was very smooth.
"Many competitors joined together in same official hotel or around the city as the event is really an international social occasion, a meeting of friends, where everyone can enjoy each other’s company regardless of their language and nationality, there are no barriers.”
The location of the next edition of the Veteran World Championships in 2016 will be officially announced later this year
Journalist Anthony DIAO (FRA) of L'Esprit du Judo magazine was among the competitors on day four as he saw action in the M2 -100kg division.
Lyon-based DIAO, who reported at the Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan last month, took silver in 2014 in his first Veteran World Championships and the Frenchman had to settle for the same result this year.
After stepping off the podium, DIAO said: "For me, in my role, I believe that you have to feel what judo is like, you need to practice it and be on the tatami.
"My training was very brief, after I returned from Astana, I spent time with my three children and continued my work. I received my black belt 20 years ago, and this event is a great example of our sport. I have had many nice moments, seeing opponents from last year and meeting new people.
"There are lots of amazing stories around this level and some of the competitors. I am very happy to have been here and now I look forward to spending some time with my sister here in Amsterdam.”
Special participation medals for judoka who were alone in their category were awarded. While they could not compete at their natural weight and age group, many still fought in combined categories. These judoka made a tremendous effort to be here and be part of this special event within the judo family and were dually recognised for their commitment.
Vendula CISTA (F3, -48kg) - CZE
Sarah HOPKINS (F4, -78kg) - GBR
Iraci Maria DA SILVA (F5, +78kg) – BRA
Brigitte LE BRUINE (F6, 57-kg) – FRA
Kay ANDREWS (F6, -78kg) - GBR
Gabriele KRUEGER (F7, -57kg) – GER
Jutta LUDWIG (F7, -78kg) – GER
Brigit BRAUN (F9, -52kg) – GER
All women's categories were held on Thursday.
The men's M2 age group featured on Thursday.
The next IJF event is the Tashkent Grand Prix 2015 in Uzbekistan next week where 385 judoka will compete from 59 countries from 1-3 October. Click here to see the entry list. Watch live and free on www.ippon.tv
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IJF Media & Communications Department
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager
Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director
Photos © IJF Media by G. Sabau