Words of Welcome

Dear Judo Family and Friends,

Let me convey to you all my warmest welcome to Potsdam, Germany for the U23 European Championship 2023. It is our immense pride and pleasure to return to Germany after two decades with an individual European Championship. By bringing back such a crucial event to this wonderful country, we hope to inspire many aspiring German judokas and we aim to promote judo in Germany as well.

We are delighted to have all athletes, spectators, and enthusiasts gathered here for this outstanding competition. As the anticipation builds and the mats are prepared, we are eager to witness the incredible displays of skill, determination, and sportsmanship that will unfold over the course of this event.

Judoka from all across Europe have come together to showcase their prowess and compete at their highest level. As the competition unfolds, let's remember that it's not just about winning, but also about the growth achieved through each match.

To the participants, your dedication and hard work have brought you to this stage. Embrace every moment, give your all, and leave it all on the tatami. To the supporters in the stands, your presence and cheers contribute to the vibrant atmosphere that makes this event special.

I wish all the best to the judokas, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff, and everyone involved in the event. All of your efforts and hard work are recognized and greatly appreciated by the European Judo Union.

I am wishing everyone a prosperous and fair competition, good health, and may all of you have a great experience in Potsdam!

Yours in judo.

Dear judo friends,

the European Judo Championships U23 will take place in Germany this year. In Potsdam/Brandenburg, the German Judo Federation and the entire German judo community welcome judoka from all over Europe.

It is an honour for us to host this event. The best European judoka under the age of 23, their coaching staff and the delegations will ensure a competition at the highest level for fans and spectators in the MBS Arena in Potsdam.

Our federation will organize a successful event together with the Brandenburg Judo Association, the UJKC Potsdam and many volunteers and full-time employees and with a big support of the federal state of Brandenburg and its capital, the city of Potsdam.
Germany is a sports nation and with the European Judo Championships U23 we will present the international judo sport in our country. We would like to embody the slogan “Judo - more than sport!” to the outside world.

Finally, we would like to thank EJU-President Dr. László Tóth and his whole team for trusting us to host this event. Further thanks go to the local authorities and all supporters and helpers.

We wish you all a successful championships and a pleasant stay in Potsdam!

I would like to thank Dr. Laszlo Toth President of the European Judo Union for the confidence shown in the assignment of the event and the local Authorities for the support provided to the Organizers.