The Hungarian judo mascot, the judo playing Hungarian retriever (vizsla) “voluntarily joined” the Hungarian national team members preparing in the training camp in Tata. Judoggy – who was already given a role in 2013 in the very successful Judo European Championships in Budapest – also takes part in promoting the World Championships in Budapest starting on 28th August. In the upcoming weeks and months, he accompanies the best athletes in their preparations, and the spectators are going to personally meet him in the Papp László Sport Arena in Budapest at the end of the summer.
Rush hour on the tatami in Tata
The training camp in Tata made a new record in judo: never before was the number of judo athletes preparing at the same time in this Olympic training center so high. 274 judokas are practicing from Monday to Thursday in the international training camp of the European Judo Federation and the Hungarian Judo Association. They focus on the upcoming European Championships in Warsaw (20 to 23 April) and of course on the World Championships in Budapest (28th August to 3rd September).
Of course, members of the Hungarian team are also preparing on the tatami in Tata for the World Championships starting on 28th August in Budapest. On Tuesday, two world championship medallists, one recovering from his injury and surgery, Hedvig Karakas, and Krisztián Tóth also visited their companions in the training camp.
In this international field, we may encounter such outstanding personalities of this sport like the Olympic, World, and European champion Majlinda Kelmendi, the first Olympic champion of Kosovo, or the recent big star of the Polish, Olympic champion Pawel Nastula. Russia and Azerbaijan arrived with extremely strong teams, Olympic, World, and Continental Championship medallists are preparing these days in Hungary.