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UDO QUELLMALZ, the new performance director charged with rejuvenating British competition judo, has set himself a tough task for the four-day European Judo Championships in Bratislava, which begin today.

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JUDO; Kingston thrown out

DANNY KINGSTON, the wayward but talented former European lightweight champion, will not be going to the European championships in Bratislava next week after the British Judo Association adopted a new get-tough policy and accused him of "failing to demonstrate maturity, self-discipline and commitment expected of world class athletes".

Judo: Sudden death for bantams

AS THE leading lights in British judo gather in Birmingham for the British Open Championships this weekend it seems that at last the sport is emerging from a confused decade.

Judo: French medals raise British hopes

THERE WAS a stronger note of optimism within the British squad at the Tournoi de Paris after three days of competition than when it arrived , for the silver won by Nicola Fairbrother and a bronze for Kate Howey were more than expected.

Judo: Rogers lives up to her potential

THE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Michelle Rogers came to the Tournoi de Paris, the toughest invitation tournament of the year, knowing she had to do well if she was to have any chance of selection for this year's European Championships in May and the World Championships in October.

Judo: Howey weighs up task ahead

FOR KATE HOWEY, the world middleweight champion, this weekend is as much a test of character as her fighting capabilities. The Tournoi de Paris is the toughest of the A tournaments in the world, with all the leading judo countries competing - Japan, Korea, Russia, as well as four French in every weight.

Judo: Selectors facing new headaches

THE BRITISH National Championships at the Cardiff Institute of Sport yesterday were intended to settle the format of the international squad for the first quarter of next year, but by the end of the day it had created as many problems as it solved.

Judo: Kingston planning his happy return

EVERYBODY WHO is anybody in competitive judo in Britain will be at the National Championships at the Cardiff Sports Centre this weekend, including world middleweight champion Kate Howey, 1995 world lightweight champion Nicola Fairbrother, and 1996 European lightweight champion Danny Kingston - all fighting to stake a claim to the top ranking spot for the European and world championships next year.

X-treme: Get a kick start in life

Half an hour into my first karate lesson, and I'm shattered. I haven't even thrown a single punch. I've been performing press-ups, sit-ups and shuttle runs before completing a set of stretches that have left me exhausted. Finally, the warm-up is over, and the class separates into two main groups.

Mentally ill guarded from ninja backlash

INDONESIAN POLICE are rounding up mentally ill people in eastern Java to stop them being lynched by mobs, who believe them to be the mysterious killers known as ninjas. Up to 160 people have died at the hands of the latter, and a growing vigilante backlash is claiming more lives.

Judo: Britain's women throw it away

WHEN BRITAIN'S new national chief coach, the German Olympic champion Udo Quellmalz, takes up his appointment next month he will have a huge job on his hands as the European Team Championships showed here this weekend.

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