Yest again the capital of Tatarstan is getting ready to host a major judo competition. After successfully staging the 2011 Russian Judo Championships and 27th Summer Universiade 2013, Kazan is preparing to welcome the Russian Judo U18 Championships. The tournament will take place at the Ak Bars Wrestling Palace between February 12 and 15 and be dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Over 1,000 judokas and officials from 70 regions of the Russian Federation will come to Kazan for the event.
In mid-January, several regions of Russia hosted federal districts championships that served as qualifiers for this February's national championships in Kazan. Best judokas of the Siberian Federal District were determined in the capital city of Khakassia - Abakan, of the Southern Federal District - in Maykop, of the Northwestern Federal District - in Murmansk, of the Ural Federal District - in Chelyabinsk, of the Far Eastern Federal District - in Neryungri, of the Crimean Federal District - in Sevastopol, of the North Caucasian Federal District - in Nalchik, of the Central Federal District - in Kursk, of the Volga Federal District - in Kirov, as well as in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
17 sets of medals will be contested in Kazan: 9 in the men's and 8 in the women's events. Wnners of the tournament will get a spot on the Russian national team to compete at this summer's international judo events: European Championships in Bulgaria (July), World Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina (August) and others.
Day 1 of the competition, February 12, will see events in the women's 40kg and 44kg and men's 46kg and 50kg weight categories. On February 13, medals will be contested in the women's 48kg, 52kg and 57kg and men's 55kg and 60kg events. Female judo fighters will compete in the 63kg and male judokas in the 66kg, 73kg and 81kg events on February 14. On the final day of the tournament, February 15, medals will be up for grabs in the women's 70 and +70kg and men's 90 and +90kg events, the Russian Judo Federation website reports.
The Championships opening ceremony will take place on February 12 at 4.30pm. The event will be attended by Tatarstan's Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Khalil Shaikhutdinov, President of the Russian Judo Federation Vasily Anisimov, Executive Director of the Russian Judo Federation Valentin Khabirov, Head of the Department of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation and President of the Judo Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan Fayaz Shabaev and other officials.
An 80-strong team of Kazan Volunteers will work at the tournament across a range of functional areas: Accommodation, Event Services, Athletes' Village, Medical Services, Field of Play, Protocol, Transport, and Volunteer Management. The major part of the team will be involved in positions at the Ak Bars Wrestling Palace, as well as at athletes' places of accommodation. The volunteers will take up their duties on February 11 and will be assisting the organising committee within six days.