IBSA Judo European Championships for Seniors and Junior World Games

                        4-6 December 2013, Eger, Hungary


118 athletes from 21 countries participated in this well organized tournament in Eger, Hungary. Florin Kovacs (32) and Alex Bologa (18) and their coach Gianina Andreica represented Romania. This was the first ever time that Romania has participated because Judo for the blind only started in early 2012 in Cluj. Florin Kovacs was an athlete in judo before his sight deteriorated and started training again when he found out that the Lamont Sports Club, Cluj wanted to create a team of visually impaired judo athletes.





 Florin was drawn against Azerbaidjan in his first match and lost and was redrawn with a Russian but also lost achieving 9th place overall in his category of 73kgs, a good result for his first major international competition. The Russian and the Azerbaidjan athlete took gold and bronze medal respectively. Alex, though only 18 years old this November, also competed in the Seniors -60kgs in order to give him experience. He lost against two Russians but spectacularly won against a Spanish athlete making him 7th overall in his first senior European Championships.





On Friday 6th December he competed in the Junior World Games which means athletes under 21 years old. There were over 40 participants from 20 countries. Alex was in a group of 5 athletes in his class -60kgs and therefore it was a round robin, everyone fighting against each other. Alex won against Spain, Azerbaidjan and Belarus and in the final he lost to Russia winning the silver medal. This was an excellent result for him and he has progressed so much in the last 18 months with his trainer Gianina, training daily at the Judo Olympic Centre in Cluj. Alex will have gained valuable points in ranking assisting him in his dream to be the first blind judo athlete to represent Romania at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.