IJF News - 23 July, 2014

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014

Official Draw - PREVIEW

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games features the long-awaited return of judo to the programme as the hosts look for inspiration from Team Scotland flagbearer and double world bronze medallist Euan BURTON.


Judo is one of the hottest tickets in town at the SECC Hall from Thursday 24 to Saturday 27 July as the Olympic and Paralympic sport is set to take centre stage in Scotland.


The Commonwealth Games programme has 10 core sports and the hosts select seven additional sports which will be contested. Scotland, who have long been a key force behind Team GB judo, selected judo to join the list of core sports in Glasgow to great fanfare and have entered a 14-strong team brimming with quality.


Judo returns to the Commonwealth programme for the first time since Manchester 2002 where the hosts England dominated with a 13-medal haul including eight gold, four silver and one bronze.


England’s +78kg gold medallist Simone CALLENDER takes her expertise off the tatami this time around as the Judo Manager for the Games.


Scotland are one of four nations who can call on a full team of 14 athletes as Cameroon, England and India have all arrived for the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games aiming to hit the medal trail.


Former European champion Sarah CLARK (SCO) took silver in Manchester and the 36-year-old is one of the most experienced and accomplished judoka in the field. Double world bronze medallist BURTON (SCO) will bring his illustrious career to an end when he fights on Friday in front of a sell-out crowd.  



IJF Technical Delegate Densign WHITE speaks ahead of the Official Draw at the Main Press Centre


The draw took place at the Main Press Centre on Tuesday as the 185 judoka and 35 nations discovered who they will face when the competition starts on Thursday.


Scotland's IJF Hall of Famer and 10th Dan, Mr. George KERR CBE, was the special guest of the International Judo Federation.


British Judo Association President KERR said: “It’s great to be here in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, it’s a pleasure to see you all and there’s a great amount of excitement. Athletes have not just been selected, they have been picked because you think they can win.


“If you don’t think you can win then you shouldn’t be here. It’s a great honour to represent your country, I think it’s the finest honour someone can have. I hope you all represent your nation with pride and make yourself proud because we’re all proud of you.”


Mr. Densign WHITE, IJF Technical Delegate for the Commonwealth Games, said: “The International Judo Federation is working hard to develop judo in all nations and this event serves as a platform for Commonwealth nations to show exactly what they are capable off and to learn from this experience.


“Manchester 2002 was the last occasion where we saw judo on the Commonwealth programme and it’s a really positive note for the sport and all the participating countries.”  



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Home judoka Kimberley RENICKS (SCO) will be the favourite in the lightest category of the competition as she’s tasked with bringing home her country’s first medal in a youthful looking category. Rome European Open bronze medallist RENICKS is one of nine judoka in the category including 19-year-old Junior African Championships bronze medallist Abigail CHINDELE (ZAM) and 17-year-old Oceania Championships winner Chloe RAYNER (AUS). 



Apia Oceania Open bronze medallist Hannah TROTTER (AUS) is the top seed in the -52kg category which features a host of names who are active on the IJF World Judo Tour. Kalpana THOUDAM (IND) took bronze at the Tashkent Grand Prix last year while Port Louis African Open winner Lisa KEARNEY (NIR) registered seventh-place finishes at the Baku Grand Slam and Havana Grand Prix recently. 



Scotland field Connie RAMSAY (SCO) and Stephanie INGLIS (SCO) in the -57kg category but they will have to take on a versatile field featuring judoka such as Cadet world champion Jessica KLIMKAIT (CAN). Madrid European Open winner Nekoda DAVIS (ENG) and Oceania Champioships winner Darcina MANUEL (NZL) will compete along with the Bahamas’ first judo Youth Olympian Cynthia RAHMING (BAH). 



Sarajevo European Cup winner Katharina HAECKER (AUS) is tasked with arguably the toughest pool as she waits to face the winner of the intriguing opening round contest between former Cadet European champion Katie-Jemima YEATS-BROWN (ENG) and African Championships bronze medallist Szandra SZOGEDI (GHA). Canadian Championships winner Beatrice VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) will hope that a confident performance can accelerate her development as she aims to follow the accomplishments of her older brother and Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER. 



World number five Sally CONWAY (SCO) is the highest ranked judoka in the competition and will be a picture of confidence when she battles as one of Team Scotland’s leading gold medal hopes. Baku Grand Slam silver medallist CONWAY will have been meticulous in her preparation and studied potential opponents such as the fast-rising teen Monika BURGESS (CAN) who finished fifth at the Havana Grand Prix. Madrid European Open bronze medallist Megan FLETCHER (ENG), 17-year-old Cadet African Championships bronze medallist Memory ZIKHALE (BOT) and Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Sunibala HUIDROM (IND) also see action in Glasgow. 



Olympic silver medallist Gemma GIBBONS (ENG) has the change to make an impression on home soil after leaving an indelible mark at London 2012. Rijeka Grand Prix bronze medallist GIBBONS will expect an eventual showdown with British teammate and her rival in the race for Rio 2016 as Natalie POWELL (WAL) leads Team Wales’ challenge on the tatami. San Salvador Pan American Open bronze medallist Ana Laura PORTUONDO (CAN) and long-time IJF World Judo Tour competitor Jina Devi CHONGTHAM (IND) will aim to outshine their rivals in Scotland. 



Former Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Sarah ADLINGTON (SCO) will battle in a seven-strong category on Saturday. Coimbra Junior European Cup winner Jodie MYERS (ENG) will aim to make a breakthrough on the senior stage as the 19-year-old goes for glory for Team England. Former national champion Rajwinder KAUR (IND), multiple-time Junior European Cup medallist Sophie VAILLANCOURT (CAN) and Sri Lanka’s national champion Sachini WEWITA WIDANALAGE (SRI) will aim to spring a surprise. 



Former European bronze medallist Ashley MCKENZIE (ENG) is one of the highest profile judoka in the competition and will anticipate a meeting with 38-year-old John BUCHANAN (SCO) who has staged a remarkable comeback since returning last year having retired in 2004. Former British champion Brandon DODGE (WAL), Port Louis African Open winner Daniel LE GRANGE (RSA) and Oceania Championships gold medallist Tom PAPPAS (AUS) have the potential to return to the tatami to grace the medal podium at the end of day one. 



Baku Grand Slam winner Colin OATES (ENG) has world and Olympic honours in his sights and will see the competition as ideal preparation for August’s World Championships. OATES won European Open gold in Glasgow last year and will expect to top the podium on Thursday. Wroclaw Junior European Cup silver medallist Antoine BOUCHARD (CAN), double Welsh Open bronze medallist Alex AMOAKO (GHA) and former British champion James MILLAR (SCO) are among the 25-strong field in the -66kg category. 



Ghana’s first Olympic judoka Emmanuel NARTEY (GHA) is one of his country’s top medal hopes in the Commonwealth Games. The London 2012 Olympian, who won the Port Louis African Open last year, will be in action alongside his training partner at Bath University as Jan GOSIEWSKI (ENG) joins London 2012 Olympian Danny WILLIAMS (ENG) on England duty in the -73kg category. Jacques VAN ZYL (RSA), the youngest South African to win Africa Championships gold and former Caribbean Championships bronze medallist Kyle MAXWELL (BAR) will also fight on Friday. 



Craig EWERS (WAL) is the most experienced judoka in Wales’ 10-strong team and will be confident of winning honours in Glasgow. EWERS, 33, a long-time fixture at major events in the British team, stepped out of retirement this year with the Commonwealth Games in mind and has the quality to make his comeback count on Friday. Fiji’s London 2012 Olympic flagbearer Josateki NAULU (FIJ), a regular face on the IJF World Judo Tour, finished seventh at the Miami Grand Prix last year and will fight to translate his continental results in Commonwealth success. Cadet world champion Louis KRIEBER-GAGNON (CAN) is a special talent and could earn his first significant senior medal in Glasgow.  



Apia Oceania Open winner Mark ANTHONY (AUS) famously upset Georgian kingpin Varlam LIPARTELIANI at the London 2012 Olympics before losing out to eventual bronze medallist Ilias ILIADIS. ANTHONY always rises to the occasion and can match anyone on his day. Buenos Aires Pan American Open gold medallist Matthew PURSSEY (SCO) will be a formidable prospect with the crowd firmly on his side at the SECC. Port Louis African Open runner-up Victor AHIAVOR (GHA) and 20-year-old Isaac BEZZINA (MLT), who is part of a three-strong Malta team, will also be in action. 



Former Tokyo Grand Slam winner Euan BURTON (SCO) is hoping for a fitting farewell as he dons his judogi in competition for the final time. BURTON, 35, who was long the standard bearer on the tatami for Team GB, is competing in the -100kg category having made the considerable leap from the -81kg category after the London 2012 Olympics. Scottish Open silver medallist Christopher GEORGE (TTO) will fly the flag for Trinidad and Tobago as the country’s only representative on the tatami to break new ground as the highest profile competition to feature a judoka from the twin island country. 



Apia Oceania silver medallist Jake ANDREWARTHA (AUS) is one of his country’s top judo hopes and will aim to win the final gold medal on Sunday. ANDREWARTHA, who fought at the 2013 World Judo Championships, will face opposition from judoka such as Havana Grand Prix runner-up Chris SHERRINGTON (SCO) who will be fancied to thrill the Scottish supporters. South East Asian Games bronze medallist Muhammad Ruzaini ABDUL RAZAK (MAS) will campaign for Malaysia as part of a three-strong team. 



10:00 – 15:00 Preliminaries on two mats
18:00 – 20:45 Final block on one tatami


Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg 

Men: -60kg, -66kg 



10:00 – 15:00 Preliminaries on two mats
18:00 – 20:45 Final block on one tatami


Women: -63kg, -70kg

Men: -73kg, -81kg



10:00 – 15:00 Preliminaries on two mats
18:00 – 20:45 Final block on one tatami


Women: -78kg, +78kg

Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg


Location: SECC Hall 3 

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Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director

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