27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan may host European Judo Championships

Delegates of the European Judo Union (EJU) will pay an inspection visit to Kazan on November 5-6. This visit is part of EJU's series of inspection tours to each of the candidate cities bidding to host the 2016 European Judo Championships. The host city will be announced at the EJU Ordinary Congress in Dubrovnik (CRO) on November 29.

The delegation includes 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. 

On November 6, they will tour the Tatneft Arena's infrastructure, hotels of Kazan and the Universiade Village. 

It should be noted that the 2016 European Judo Championships will serve as the final qualifying opportunity ahead of the Rio Olympic Games and therefore are expected to bring together the largest number of judokas ever - up to 400 (together with officials, the number of participants will amount to 700-800 people). 

Kazan already has experience of staging major judo events. In 2011, it successfully hosted the Russian Judo Championships. In 2013, the judo tournament was held at the Tatneft Arena as part of the 27th Summer Universiade. 

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects