27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Michal Vachun: Kazan is ready to host international judo events

The European Judo Union (EJU) and Russian Judo Federation wrapped up their inspection visit to Kazan on November 6.

The delegation included EJU Vice-President Michal Vachun, Vice-President and Executive Director of the Russian Judo Federation Valentin Khabirov, Sports Director of the Russian Judo Federation Anatoly Laryukov and other officials.

The delegates got to know the Tatneft Arena's infrastructure, toured hotels of Kazan, visited the Universiade Village, and had meetings with executives of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, managers of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects and Judo Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan. 

A media scrum was arranged to sum up the results of the visit. In his speech, EJU Vice-President Michal Vachun stressed that Kazan is ready for international judo competitions. "A perfect infrastructure, hotels, eating places and accommodation facilities for participants, as well as sports venues for the championships foreshadow the European Championships' success," the EJU Vice-President said. 

Vice-President and Executive Director of the Russian Judo Federation, Valentin Khabirov, reminded that Kazan already boasts positive experience of hosting an international judo tournament as part of the 2013 Summer Universiade. "The organisers are ready to accommodate all requests of the European Judo Union and stage the European Championships to the highest standard," Valentin Khabirov said. 

As we reported earlier, the host city of the 2016 European Judo Championships will be announced at the EJU Ordinary Congress in Dubrovnik (CRO) on November 29. The continental judo tournament will serve as the final qualifying opportunity ahead of the Rio Olympic Games and therefore is expected to bring together the largest number of judokas ever. 

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects