The ceremony of raising the flag of the European Judo Union was held at the building of the Olympic Training Centre in judo in Chelyabinsk.
The ceremony officially marked the start on the road to a future championship in Chelyabinsk. European Championship will start April 26, 2012.
Deputy Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Vadim Evdokimov, welcomed the participants and guests of the ceremony:
"Chelyabinsk proud that our city is chosen venue for the European Judo Championships in 2012. I hope that this will be a bright and memorable event, and the whole city will participate in it. "
During the ceremony, the audience was presented the official mascot of the future championship — tiger Zhorik.
How Chelyabinsk, and leadership of the Union won the difficult history of the real tiger Zhorik, who saved from destruction Chelyabinsk. Zhorik showed enthusiasm for life, patience and courage showed real fighting spirit — not only survived, but become healthy and strong. He currently lives in a special nursery for the Amur tigers in the Russian Far East.