European Universities Judo Championship 2015

Reims, France: October 7-10, 2015


The Opening Ceremony of the 3rd European Universities Judo Championship took place on October 8th in Reims at the Palais du Tau. The Ceremony was attended by Sport delegate of the city of Reims Mr Bernard Landureau, Executive Committee member of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) Mr Arie Rosenzweig, OC representative Mr Laurent Duclos, all participants and other invited guests.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee participants were first welcomed by Mr Duclos. Mr  Rosenzweig greeted all participants on behalf of EUSA and wished all the teams and participants who came to test their skills and abilities great competitions and all the best. He also thanked the Organizing Committee for all their contributions.

March pass of the athletes, playing the Gaudeamus Igitur anthem and oath of the athletes and officials was followed by a cultural programme.

The competition was organized by the Regional Committee of University Sport Reims Champagne Ardenne and the University of Reims. The regional university sport committee already had the pleasure to organize the 6th World Universities Bridge Championships in 2012, a soccer game between the men’s French and British team in 2014, and the Trination Rugby Cup in 2015.

The competitions in EUC Judo took place on October 9th and 10th in the Rene Tys complex in Reims.

EUSA was represented at the event by Mr Arie Rosenzweig and the Technical Delegate Mr Branislav Crnogorac, assisted by Mrs Tatjana Cuk. Alongside with Ms Abosede Ajayi from the EUSA Medical Commission and Mr Romain Charrier, Project Assistant/EVS and in close cooperation with the Organising Committee and Referees, they made sure that the event runs smoothly.

The Event hosted 80 male and 63 female athletes representing as many as 88 Universities from 19 countries. Live streaming from the event has been made possible as well, so it was possible to follow the event online

The European Universities Judo Championship 2015 concluded on October 10th with an exciting Closing Ceremony at the Hippodrome of Reims. Over 140 participants representing 88 Universities from 19 countries took part in this year’s edition of the event.

The third European Universities Judo Championship was a great success, as reported by the participants. This is the real victory, students having competition and fun all together, learning about their differences and cultures. Cultural and social events were also on the program of the championship, including visits to famous sights, also noting the Champagne region.

The European Universities Judo Championship couldn’t have been possible without the help of all the volunteers who took part into this event. During this championship, the athletes and volunteers had the chance to meet with famous Judo champions who came to observe the matches and award the medals. Also kids from the different school of Reims came to see and take part to demonstrations and Judo championship fights. The ambience in the fight area was very exiting with all the spectators cheering for their favourite athletes and enjoying the competitions.

Medals and awards were presented by authorities of French Judo Federation, including its President, some world champions and medallists in Olympic Games. EUSA representatives, Presidents of French organisations and City officials also awarded the medallists.

The EUSA Championship cup was given to the University of Valencia. Award was presented by Executive Committee member of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) Mr Arie Rosenzweig. 

At the end of event, the EUSA flag was passed to the city of Coimbra, Portugal who is the organiser of the next Championship in 2017. European universities student judokas and teams are warmly welcome to join the next European Universities Judo Championship, as well as to take part in the European Universities Games 2016, which will also feature judo as one of the sports.

Overview of the gold male medallists, European Universities Champions:
- 60 kg: Antoine Bidault, University of Orleans (FRA)
- 66 kg: Vae Tutkhalian, Belarusian State Economic University (BLR)
- 73 kg: Vaclav Sedmidubsky, University College of Business of Prague (CZE)
- 81 kg: Benoit Collin, University of Picardie (FRA)
- 90 kg: Maximilien Schubert, University of Potsdam (GER)
- 100 kg: Viktor Semenko, Berlin School of Economics and Law (GER)
+ 100 kg: Hamza Ouchani, Paris 13 University (FRA)

Overview of the gold female medallists, European Universities Champions:
- 48 kg: Dilara Lokmanheki, Bulent Ecevit University (TUR)
- 52 kg: Marie Orsini, Paris East Creteil Val De Marne University (FRA)
- 57 kg: Manon Durbach, University of Strasbourg (FRA)
- 63 kg: Shena Zander, Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf (GER)
- 70 kg: Elevien Berndsen, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NED)
- 78 kg: Julie Pierret, Paris East Creteil Val De Marne University (FRA)
+ 78 kg: Cecile Delwail, University of Evry (FRA)