EUSA and EJU strengthen cooperation

EUSA and EJU strengthen cooperation

EUSA was present in the Austrian capital city Vienna on February 27, holding a productive meeting with the European Judo Union (EJU) as ties between the two associations were reinforced.

Present at EJU’s offices on behalf of EUSA was Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, Sports Manager Mr Besim Aliti and Sports Assistant Ms Lea Medvesek, with Director of the Head Office Mr Martin Poiger in attendance on behalf of EJU.

Following the Memorandum of Understanding signed between EUSA and EJU during the European Games in Minsk, Belarus last year, both parties expressed their satisfaction with the collaboration so far while discussing means to further strengthen cooperation between the two entities.

An evaluation of the 2019 European Universities Judo Championships, which formed part of the EUSA Combat Championships in Zagreb, Croatia was made, with EJU expressing their delight in the success of last year’s competition.

EUC2019 Judo

Preparations for the European Universities Games 2020 were then discussed, with EJU especially pleased with the immense efforts made so far by the Serbian Judo Federation and Mr Dragan Atanasov, who is renowned in the world of Judo and has a double role in Belgrade, being Project Director of EUG2020 as well as Sports Director of the Serbian Judo Federation.

With Para Judo being included in the EUG2020 programme, details of how to support Para Judo and deliver a successful inaugural event in this discipline were discussed, before further conversations were had regarding next year's European Universities Combat Championships in Zagreb as well as the 2022 European Universities Games in Lodz, Poland.

The successful meeting concluded with both partieis agreeing to collaborate even more closely in the preparation and delivery of all upcoming Judo events on the EUSA calendar.