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20/09/2011 - 18:33


Сергей СОЛОВЕЙЧИКDear Friends!

On behalf of European Judo Union I cordially greet all the participants and guests of European Championship which will take place in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

This even will show us athletes performances who have been gaining their experience for the years of trainings and self-improvement in Judo art. I sincerely hope that the championship will arise a lot of positive emotions and bright impressions and participants will become a good example for those who is about to become or has already become a member of judo big family.

With all my heart I thank the organizers for their perfect preparation of event!

Let me wish you happiness, sound health and good luck, particularly to our European sportsmen during the coming Olympic Games! I wish that they bring medals and honor to their National Federations and European Judo Union!

President of European Judo Union



Dear Friends!

I am glad to greet you – organizers, guests and participants of European Judo Championship in Chelyabinsk, first in the new history of Russia.

Ural city Chelyabinsk is well known not only in Russia but all over the world due to its judo school and its titled educatees who earned honor for our country on the world’s mat: Grigory Verichev, Yuri Stepkin, Vitaly Makarov, Kirill Denisov – names of famous athletes, medalists of Olympic Games, world championships and European championships are known by all the enthusiasts of flexible way.

In our country Judo Championship of Old Worlds was held just once in long-ago 1976 in Kiev. 2012 competitions will take place in Chelyabinsk in advance of Olympic Games and will gather best of the best, the strongest judokas from Europe, and contenders to the London Olympic Games awards. There is no doubt that Championship in Chelyabinsk will be on the high organizational and sports level and will become a great event for all the fans of judo in Russia and abroad.

President of Russian Judo Federation



Dear Friends!

Welcome to Chelyabinsk!

I am pleased to welcome guests and participants of the European Judo Championship!
Holding of the European Championship is a great honor and responsibility for the Russian sport community and for us, residents of Chelyabinsk region. For the first time Russia gained the right to organize such major judo competitions among adult sportsmen. It is particularly important that the event will be held in the Olympic year, on the eve of the Summer Games in London. We exerted a lot of efforts to make the stay of sportsmen and guests in Chelyabinsk comfortable and memorable. The capital of the South Ural became a place of attraction for millions of fans and admirers of the art of judo all around the world. There is a good few of them in Chelyabinsk region too. Our judo school numbers many famous names – Kharis Yusupov and Alexandr Miller, honored coaches, Grigory Verichev, four-time champion of Europe, Vitaly Makarov, world champion. Year by year young sportsmen keep developing their skills. In our region almost 5 thousand people are studying philosophy and fighting techniques today. Apart from the Olympic Training Center, 38 schools of Japanese fight operate in the region. People in Chelyabinsk region are really fond of judo and know a lot about it. I am sure that after the championship even more children and adolescents will attend our sports centers. I wish success and worthy wins to the sportsmen, from the bottom of my heart, as well as brilliant and unforgettable show to fans.

Governor of Chelyabinsk region