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Ilias Iliadis fights at Tbilisi’s European Open "Men"

This weekend the season truly begins. The European Open of Tbilisi and Sofia are the first two official events where points can be gained for the IJF World Ranking.

For the first time the former World Cup and A-tournament is now named as European Open. In Tbilisi almost 200 participants will be fighting for the men’s titles. Last year six out of 7 titles were claimed by  the organizing country of Georgia. Only DImitri Peters of Germany won gold U100kg as foreigner. He won Olympic bronze in August.

                

Lasha Shavdatuashvili won a gold medal last year and amazed everyone with his golden performance in London. He is not expected to start next Saturday.

The Georgian big names will be Gogotchuri, Gviniashvili (both U90kg) Matiashvili (+100kg), Papinashvili and Merebashvili (both U60kg), Zurabiani and Tsiklauri (both U81kg)

Many countries will send their best team such as Belarus, Azerbaijan, Greece, Israel and Ukraine.

               

Ilias Iliadis will fight in his usual category U90kg and will be one of the favorites for the title. (More on Ilias Iliadis CLICK HERE: Georgian-born Greek JUDOKA)

          

SOURCE: eju.net

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Comment by Walter Lamb on January 31, 2013 at 12:36pm

Potent.  Thanks for the heads up!  That looks like one tuff shiai.

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