The twice postponed date of the 2020 European Judo Championship has been finalized. The top continental tournament of the season will be welcomed by the Prague O2 arena from 8 to 10 November. “The key was that the Czech Judo Federation and the European Judo Union agreed that they wanted to organize the European Championships in Prague this year. That was also, in fact, the only option, “said Jiří Dolejš, chairman of the Czech Judo Federation.
The coronavirus pandemic in the spring completely stopped sports life, so it was necessary to find a new date instead of the originally planned May 1-3. Soon, for similar reasons, it turned out to be an unrealistic and substitute June date. “Due to a number of transfers of events in the term lists of the European Judo Union, the Czech Judo Federation and the O2 Arena, the given date is the only possible choice,” Dolejš remarked on the November date, which is exceptional for the European Championships. The history of the joint men’s and women’s championships, which have been held in the given format since 1987, is not remembered by the autumn term.
Postponing the tournament to November will also change the days on which the championship will take place. The usual extended weekend replaces the period from Sunday to Tuesday. “This date is not ideal, as was the one in May, so we want to adapt the competitions to the spectators on weekdays so that they have the opportunity to watch the final blocks at favorable times,” said the president of the Czech Judo. The organizers therefore decided to move the time schedule of the competition days, the elimination phases will start every day an hour after noon, and the final blocks at 6 pm.
The spectator capacity of the championship remains unchanged, with 4,500 spectators in the sectors in the sectors on the first floor of the hall. The competition will take place on four mats. “Nothing significant changes for existing ticket holders, their tickets are automatically valid for the new championship date,” assured Roman Ječmínek, manager of the Czech Judo Federation for the 2020 European Championship. Tickets for all three days of the tournament can be purchased for 1170 or 1470 crowns.
The home team should introduce its audience in the strongest composition and use the maximum possible number of participants. Olympic winner Lukáš Krpálek will attack his fourth European title in the O2 arena, and thirteen-time participant in the tournament, Pavel Petřikov, has once again announced his finale at the continental championships. The European Judo Championship will take place for the first time in the history of the independent Czech Republic; in the past, the Prague Sports Hall hosted the championship in 1991.