ULAANBAATAR (MGL) - The first CISM East Asia Judo Championship officially started yesterday with the Opening Ceremony led by Mr. Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene, Minister of Defense of Mongolia. The Opening Ceremony of the 1st CISM East Asia Judo Championship was held yesterday, September 8, in the "Buyant Ukhaa" Sport Complex in Ulaanbaatar, the Capital City of Mongolia.

The CISM President Colonel Abdulhakim Alshino, the CISM Secretary General Colonel Dorah Mamby Koita, the IJF representative Colonel Stefan Marginean, the PCSC Judo Lieutenant-Colonel Fred Sijnhorst, local military authorities and many civilians that love this sport attended the Ceremony. The attending public was able to accompany the teams' entrance parade while Mr. Togooch Dulamdorj, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Defense, the CISM President Colonel Abdulhakim Alshino and Mr. Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene, Minister of Defense of Mongolia successively took the floor for the opening speeches. After the speeches, the audience attended a show composed of dance performances and local musical groups.

The first competitions also started yesterday and Russia and Mongolia carried out an impressive performance with respectively seven and four gold medals.

The Russian male judokas Alan Khubetsov, Mikhail Igolnikov, Niyaz Ilyasov and Anton Brachev respectively took the first place in the -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories. In the -60kg male event, the DPRK judoka Yong Nam Pak showed out to be stronger than the others were while the two local athletes Batsuuri Adiya and Tsogbaatar Tsend-Ochir won the gold medal in the -66kg and -73kg competitions.

The host country won two other gold medals through the successes of Tsolmon Adyiasambuu (-52kg) and Gankhaich Bold (-63kg). The Russian delegation added two gold medals to its collection with the victories of Mariia Persidskaia (-48kg) and Alena Babintseva (-78kg). DPRK imitated the Russian team with two new titles as Bok Hyang Ri and Son Yong Hong won the -57kg and -70kg events while China won its first gold medal of the competition as Li Yang defeated Gandimaa Erdenebileg (MGL) in the gold medal game of the +78kg female event.

Russia is currently leading the provisional medals ranking with seven gold medals, one silver medal and three Bronze ahead of Mongolia and DPRK.The event will go on with the team competitions.

Source: International Military Sports Council (CISM)

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