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120907 - EJU Medical & Organisation Seminar

The 14th medical seminar and the 7th administration and organisation seminar held in Malta, welcomed 52 EJU delegates and participants representing 26 countries! Mr Envic Galea, General Secretary of the European Judo Union opened the seminar and gave some updates about the various University courses available for Judoka. Mr Michal Vachun, Vice President of the European Judo Union gave some interesting statistics from London Olympic Games which were really good Games from the point of view of participation and medal distribution! Europe did very well in this edition, heading the medal table!
During the joint session in the morning, information about ADAMS was given out to the federations present.! Ms Louisa Galea, from the EJU General Secretariat, went through the processes of creating athletes & submitting TUEs since the EJU will be moving towards a paper less TUE system and adopting ADAMS as their antidoping database!
After the coffee break, the participants went to their respective groups. The administrators had an intensive session followed by a Q&A with Mr Vadim Gerasimov, programmer of Jumas12, the EJU online membership and competition registration system.In the medical room, together with Mr Envic Galea, also Chairman of the Medical Commission of the EJU, had a good discussion about age groups for cadets after a presentation from Dr Peter Smolders from Belgium.
After the lunch, the first intervention in the medical room was in the field of sport psychology presented by Lt Col Dr Pal Herlofsen. Dr Herlofsen spoke about the importance of Sport Psychology and said that our founder, Profs Jigaro Kano, had already the foresight of the importance of sport psychology in high performance competition. This subject was very well received, and will definitely feature in the next medical seminar. In the administrators room, the first intervention was by Dr Laszlo Toth, EJU General Treasurer, who reminded the organisers that the EJU is ready to negotiate its rights in events. Mr Michal Vachun then gave the delegates updates from the world of sport and briefed the administrators about eventual changes to the rules. The handbook was also reviewed.
On the second day, the administrators went through the calendar for 2013 and confirmed all the events. Mr Galea explained the bidbook procedures the federations should follow when applying for European Championships. Mr Densign White gave a summary of the concept of the OTCs which have proven very successful in the preparation of the European athletes at the Olympic Games, which was the most successful for European athletes. This project would not have been possible without the vision and support of the European Judo Union President, Mr Sergey Soloveychik. Mr Vachun advised the floor that the IJF is in the process of changing the name of the current World Cups. In other sports, World Cups are the highest level of competition, but in Judo, they are the lowest level on the Olympic Qualification cycle. There were several proposals from the floor, which Mr Vachun will take to the EJU Executive. Other proposals which came from the floor, will be discussed at the next EJU Directing Committee meeting in Rome at the end of September.