— Published 2 September 2021

Team judo joins the programme


France can rub its hands together: the Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC) has announced that it has added team judo, the discipline in which the French won the Olympic title in Tokyo, to the programme of the European Games’ next edition, scheduled for 2023 in Krakow and the Malopolska region in Poland. With this addition, judo secures its third consecutive participation in the multi-sport continental event, after Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019. The competition will serve as the European mixed team championships. The results will be taken into account by the International Judo Federation (IJF) World Mixed Team Rankings, which are used to allocate countries in the competition’s draw at the Olympic Games. There will be six weight categories at the 2023 European Games: – 57 kg, – 70 kg and + 70 kg (women), – 73 kg, – 90 kg and + 90 kg (men). According to EOC statistics, 41% of the judokas who competed at the 2019 European Games in Minsk went on to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where 36 of them won medals, including France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou (1 gold in Minsk 2019, 2 gold in Tokyo 2020) and Margaux Pinot (1 gold and 1 bronze in Minsk, 1 gold in Tokyo). Judo joins basketball 3×3, archery, badminton, beach handball, beach soccer, boxing, canoeing, cycling, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, kickboxing, padel, shooting, ski jumping, sport climbing, table tennis, taekwondo, teqball and triathlon among the sports already included in the 2023 European Games programme. But the EOC says the list is not completed yet.