Pula, 24 November 2020 - Two weeks after the completion of one of the most important sports projects in Europe during the pandemic in 2020, the representatives of the European Judo Union (EJU) and the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) summed up together with the Heads of Institute for Public Health of Istria County and Civil Protection at the European Judo Championships for Juniors (November 4-6) and the European Judo Championships for Younger Seniors (November 9-10).

European Judo Union representative, its Sports Manager Hrvoje Lindi, and Croatian Olympic Committee’s Assistant Secretary General for Local Sports Programs Siniša Krajač met in Pula with the Heads of the Institute for Public Health of Istria County and Civil Protection. In addition to the presentation of Croatian Olympic Committee’s plaques with thanks for contribution to sports, i.e., the European Judo Union’s for judo, an important half-hour conversation on the processes, epidemiological measures and future of organizing major competitions during the pandemic took place. Of 1587 people tested, all that entered the "Poreč balloon" in the Blue Lagoon complex, there were only eight positive and 21 people who were placed in self-isolation.

Jasna Valić, MD, Head of the Epidemiology Department at the Institute for Public Health of Istria County, emphasized her exceptional satisfaction with the cooperation and approach of the Croatian Judo Federation, the Organizing Committee of the Competition and the European Judo Union:

- At the beginning we were skeptical, but with every day, every meeting, call and e-mail message, the judokas showed us how they raised the bar of expectations and epidemiological measures even beyond the expectations.

Mirna Vranić Ladavac, MD, Head of the Microbiology Department at the Institute for Public Health of Istria County agreed with her, as well as the Head of Institute for Public Health of Istria County, Aleksandar Stojanović, MD, who added: - This way one can organize a major competition and judo has shown the way to all the sports.

Head of Civil Protection of Istria County eng. Dino Kozlevac thanked the Croatian Judo Federation and all those present for their efforts and praised the effort to protect, first of all, the local community, as well as everyone present.

Croatian Olympic Committee’s Assistant Secretary General for Local Sports Programs Siniša Krajač said that Croatian judo is an example to other sports, while European Judo Union Sports Manager Hrvoje Lindi mentioned that procedures set up in Poreč were the basis for the European Judo Championships for Seniors in Prague and that other sports started using this basis as well.

Also, all the attendees of the meeting confirmed that the planned large judo projects for 2021 can be organized this way and that it is important for all other organizers to be so open, accessible and quality in communication, as were the Croatian Judo Federation and the Organizing Committee of the competition in Poreč. (CJF/COC))