Successful period for the Malta Judo Federation

Friday, January 29, 2010, 12:51

The Malta Judo Federation has just been through one of her busiest and most successful periods. Between the 30th of September and the 9th of November, the Malta Judo Federation has organised 3 seminars, a World Championship, a World Cup, a European Judo Union Directing Committee Meeting; participated in a Grand Prix in Sicily winning 1 silver, 3 bronze medals and a 5th place; and its President receiving 2 international awards. A couple of weeks later, the National Championships were held at the St Aloysius Sports Complex. They didn’t stop there! In the beginning of January, the Malta Judo Federation was awarded the award for the international event of the year at the Ghazliet Sportivi Nazzjonali. The federation therefore organised a small get together with the volunteers who made this event such a special one.

Maltese Judokas with MJF officials celebrating a succesful 2009

Maltese Judokas with MJF officials celebrating a succesful 2009

Judo Italian Grand Prix in Sicily

Our Cadet National Team and some elements from the Junior and Senior teams competed in a Grand Prix in Catania. They were accompanied by the Sports Director, Alex Bezzina. Our young leading-light, Jeremy Saywell, made his debut in his new weight category – the -66 kgs cadets – which was contested by 16 athletes. Jeremy won a silver medal, beating all his opponents but not making it through the final fight. Isaac Bezzina’s category, the cadets -73kgs, was another heavily contested category. Isaac lost his first fight, however he was recuperated. He managed to beat his opponents in the repechage, but unfortunately lost his last fight which would have landed him in the medal zone, and thus placing 5th. Shawn Farrugia, the smallest team member fighting in the -50 kgs cadets, made it to the medal zone winning a bronze medal. Tiziana Apap, the only Maltese girl who competed in Sicily, won a bronze medal in the -48 kgs senior. James Falzon, who had represented Malta in the GSSE in the -73kgs, fought in the -66 kgs senior, which was contested by another 15 athletes. James lost his first fight, however he was recuperated and made it to the medal zone by winning another 4 fights, eliminating all the other recuperated athletes and winning bronze.

The team of Judokas who participated in the Catania GP

The team of Judokas who participated in the Catania GP

Kata World Championships – the International Event of the Year

Last weekend, the volunteers and the participants of the World Kata Championships celebrated their winning of the International Event of the Year. It was hard work to reach the expectations of the International Judo Federation, after the latter awarded the organisation of the 1st World Judo Kata Championships to the Malta Judo Federation. Originally Spain was to be the organiser but in March this year, they informed the IJF that they were unable to host the event. After the successful organisation of the European Cadets Judo Championships in July 2007 and the European Kata Championships in May 2008, the International Judo Federation felt confident to entrust the organisation of these championships. Thanks to the full support offered by the hardworking and dedicated volunteers, Hon. Clyde Puli, Permanent Secretary Sports in the Ministry of Education, the Malta Sports Council and the sports tourism scheme, and the partners Go, General Soft Drinks and Nestle, the Malta Judo Federation organised flawless championships at a very short notice.

More events are already planned by the Malta Judo Federation. A promising busy period awaits the Malta Judo Federation!





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