European Universities Combat Championship
July 31-August 3, 2019
From July 31 to August 3, 1300 participants from 404 different universities and 36 countries participated in the biggest European Universities Championship of the summer, which comprised of four sports: Judo, Karate, Kickboxing and Taekwondo, which was organised with the support of EUSA's partner organisations the European Judo Union, European Karate Federation, WAKO European Kickboxing Federation and World Taekwondo Europe.
In a solemn Opening Ceremony held on July 31 at Bojan Stranic Hall in Croatia’s capital Zagreb, the very first edition of the EUSA Combat Championships involving four different sports was officially opened.
“Zagreb is the unique city on the map of the universities sports,” EUA President Mr Adam Roczek said in his opening address. “It was the host for two great and very important events – the Universiade in 1987 and European University Games in 2016. I want to thank all the organisers for their commitment and their work, as same as all others that helped in preparing this big event. To the students, I wish that all their dreams come true in Zagreb.”
The Ceremony continued with a rendition of the international student's anthem “Gaudeamus Igitur” and the raising the EUSA flag before the athletes’ and referees’ oaths were read.
Four intense days of actiondrew to a close on August 3 at Bojan Stranic Hall, concluding the largest championship on EUSA’s summer programme. Incredible sporting spirit and sportsmanship culminated in the final awards and Closing Ceremony.
President of Croatian Academic Sports Association (HASS) Mr Zrinko Custonja, Operational Director of the Championships Mr Nikola Vincetic and SCAC Chair and EUSA Sports Manager Mr Besim Aliti addressed those in attendance, before Mr Aliti declared the Championships officially closed.
Overall winners for each sports discipline were then recognised, with the University of Strasbourg from France ranking highest in both the Judo and Karate competitions, Hungary’s University of Physical Education emerging triumphant in the Kickboxing event and the National University of Ukraine in Physical Education and Sport ranking highest in the Taekwondo competition.
All individual results in each category can be found at https://results.eusa.eu.
For more information about this year’s event, please visit https://combatsports2019.eusa.eu.