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19980806 Alexia Mallia in World Youth games

    Sixteen-year-old Alexia Mallia (above) was the only competitor who represented Malta in the first World Youth games organised in Russia under the auspices of the International
Olympic committee (IOC)
    Alexia last year won a bronze medal in the Games of the Small States of Europe in Iceland and placed fifth in the fourth European Youth Olympic Days in Lisbon.
    She went to Russia Russia together with the Russian coach Sergei Teliouk. Both of them flew to Moscow on Aeroflot who together with Michael Attard and Co, expenses.
    Seventy Countries were represented and Alexia participated in the under 57 Kg category. She was drawn against the German Von Harlie who was the strongest and went on to win her pool.
    Alexia lost to straight arm lock. The German girl carried on to win against Croatia, Argentina and Russia all with straight arm locks. Alexia competed against the Croatian girl in the repechage but she had to succumb to the Croatian.
    Present for these championships was the President of the IOC His Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president of the International Judo Federation Mr Y.S. Park, the Vice-President of the International Judo Federation (IJF) and President of the European Judo Union (EJU) Frans Hoogendijk and Jim Kojima, Refereeing Director of the International Judo Federation (IJF).
    This first edition of these games, proved to be a great success. Russia offered to host these games again in four years time if nobody else proposes to organise them.
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