Dear Judo Friends,
with great regret we have to inform you, that the Swiss Judo Open – Senior European Judo Cup will not take place on 7th & 8th March 2020.
On 28th February the federal execution of Switzerland declared a special situation according to the law of epidemies (with regard to the evolution of the corona virus) and prohibited any events where more than 1000 people would be present at the same time within Switzerland. Following that announcement we have evaluated the different possibilities to carry out the tournament in a smaller fashion. We however arrived at the conclusion that the development until next weekend is currently not predictable. Both the reactions of foreign delegations and people within Switzerland show that there is great insecurity within the general public. To protect the health of all athletes, volunteers and other people involved has the highest priority for the organisers.
Given the large number of representatives from Italy and other persons with increase infection risk due to their travel behaviour and considering the close contact during the weigh-in, warm up and especially during the competition, even a tournament without any spectators would pose an increased risk. Furthermore, we have received numerous questions and even first cancellations within the last 48 hours. For these reasons the organisation committee has decided in cooperation with local authorities, the Swiss Judo & Ju-Jitsu Federation and the European Judo Union to cancel the Swiss Judo Open 2020.
Everyone who has bought a ticket will be contacted shortly by our ticketing partner – Ticketpark Ltd. – with further information.
We apologise for the inconvenience and hope the general situation will calm itself soon. To compensate the financial losses due to the cancellation and to be able to carry out the event in the future, we will shortly start a crowdfunding campaign and hope for your support.
The organising committee
Welcome to the Swiss Judo Open 2020!
The European Judo Cup takes place on 7th and 8th March 2020 in the greater area of Zurich. As soon as we have the information ready, you can find out about the competition site, registration and much more here.
The Swiss Judo Open (SJO) is the tournament with the largest number of foreign participants to be held in Switzerland. The SJO has been recognised by the European Judo Union as an official European Judo Cup event since 2015. Each year, there are around 300 athletes from 25 nations competing for medals.
The SJO offers members of the Swiss Judo & Ju-Jitsu Federation the opportunity to witness top-class international judo in their home country. The event is significant not only for Swiss judo, but also for Swiss sports in general, as it is a window to top-level performances in a sport that does not usually feature prominently on the Swiss sports horizon despite the fact that it is practiced by over 48,000 dedicated athletes in Switzerland.