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20000320_Maltacom Open at Corradino

    The Maltacom International Judo Open is an annual competition held by the Malta Judo Federation. This time round it was held earlier this month at the Corradino Pavilion.
    The principal aim behind this event is to give federation members the opportunity to assess their own level of preparation without having to pay extra travelling expenses as it serves as ideal training to table officials and referees, thus gaining professional experience on an international level.
    The Maltacom Promotional Tournament is the fore-runner of the Maltal Open. It is designed to provide experience for the very young competitors and the Espoirs. The weekend is festival for all ages.
    This being the Olympic year, the organisers were faced with a couple of problems. The calender in Europe was heavily modified and the traditional date of the Malta Open, the first Saturday on March, was occupied by several federations for their qualifying tournaments.
    However, the federation still attracted the winning team of the Italian Judo Federation Oro, headed by the world champion Maria Teresa Motta and the 7th Dan coach Alfredo Monti (several times national coach). 
    Other important guests were the University of Siena, the Jigaro Kano from Milan, as well as other professional judokas from Scotland and England.
    Spectators present could see the high level of judo performed. Fiamme Oro won all male awards. Once again, Laurie Pace credited Malta by winning a gold medal.
     Women's events: Espoir -46kg - Katya Galea (Tigne Judo Club). Senior -63kg - Laurie Pace (Malta Judo Federation). Senior Open- Arianna Cossu Rocca (Riamme Oro).
    Men's events: Senior +100kg Luigi Rovere (Fiamme Oro). Senior - 100kg Egnazio Capezuto (Fiamme Oro). Senior -60kg Emilio Citro (Fiamme Oro). Senior -66kg Giovanni Savaresi(Fiamme Oro). Senior -81kg S. Sorelli (Fiamme Oro). Senior -90kg M. Cacciagrano (Fiamme Oro).
    Zammit wins kendo title
    John Zammit is the national kendo champion. He won his title during the national championships last month at the Junior College, Msida and one could notice high level of technique, as the competitions are becoming more interesting and tough. The four who qualified for the finals were David Abela, John Zammit, Adrian Scerri and Manuel Cassar.
    Those intending to join this fast growing discipline may obtain more details by phoning 444998 or 441370.