Sabrina Filzmoser and Shamil Borchashvili leave for the Olympics

Last Friday, the two Olympic athletes of the judo club "LZ Multikraft Wels", Sabrina Filzmoser and Shamil Borchashvili, had a send-off event to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the beautiful, fully occupied and ambient Multikraft company in Pichl. Top politicians from Wels, sponsors, officials, coaches of the regional association, friends as well as training and club colleagues also attended.

Last Friday, the two Olympic athletes of LZ Multikraft Wels, Sabrina Filzmoser and Shamil Borchashvili, had a send-off event to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the beautiful, fully occupied and ambient Multikraft company in Pichl. Top politicians from Wels, sponsors, offi-cials, coaches of the regional association, friends as well as training and club colleagues also attended.

For the first time in the 66-year history of the club, two judokas from Wels, Sabrina Filzmos-er and Shamil Borchashvili, managed the tough Olympic qualification. They will represent Austria in Tokyo starting July 23. COLOP has been supporting the judo club (LZ Multikraft Wels) for over thirty years. Besides Sabrina Filzmoser, who has been sponsored by COLOP since the end of the nineties, other young talents have been intensively supported by COLOP for several years, including Shamil Borchashvili. “Both have been coached and intensively supported in the Judo Performance Center in Wels since childhood. Thus, both are “self-made”, which shows what unbelievably great work is being done in this club. For the fourth time in a row, we are sending off great athletes, this time even two, to the Olympic Games, now in the birthplace of Judo, Japan. As presidents, sponsors and human beings, we are immensely proud. Sabrina and Shamil are absolute role models for young talents, they have fought hard for a great goal and both had their first international successes at our own junior tournament, the ‘COLOP Masters’,” club presidents Ernst Faber (COLOP) and Lukas Hader (Multikraft) were pleased at the ceremony and presented the two with laurel wreaths as Olympic good luck charms. While Borchashvili (26) already has already had his first Olympic ticket in his pocket since his sensa-tional second place win at the Grand Slam in Doha, Filzmoser had to fight until the end for her fourth Olympic participation after taking an injury break. Last Saturday, in her 41st birth-day, she received the good news: "Sixth place in the continental ranking means that she is now qualified for Tokyo.”

"Qualifying for Tokyo was my last big sporting goal. I am already one of the dinos in my sport, but as far as the outcome is concerned, everything is open at the Olympic Games, as always," Sabrina Filzmoser is optimistic. "Every athlete dreams of being able to participate in the Olympic Games and I hope I can positively surprise everyone on July 27," said Shamil Bor-chashvili. The Olympic judo competitions begin on July 24 2021 (Sabrina fights on July 26 and Shamil on July 27) at the Nippon Budokan, an Olympic venue since 1964.

We at COLOP are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for the two judokas and are happy that these two great athletes will represent Austria in Japan!

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