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IJF President Marius Vizer reacts on the changes in judo for 2018
3 Dec 2017 19:55
Judo’s founding nation excelled on both days of the fifth and final Grand Slam of 2017 as only Mongolia and South Korea could overcome the fortress of Tokyo to win gold. IJF President Marius Vizer and IJF Head Refereeing Director Juan Carlos Barcos answered questions from the media on a variety of subjects.
Marius Vizer said: “We have taken the consultation of many members of the media, and we are one of the few sports to do that, when it comes to the topic of the rules. We do not have new rules coming out in 2018 but rather minor changes in order to grow our sport by making it easier to understand to the media, spectators, sponsors and all of our partners.
“These changes will be effective from 1 January 2018 and will help us to continue to show the values of sport which I believe is the key to developing judo to make an impact in societies.
“The Tokyo Grand Slam 2017 has been a wonderful competition with great organisation and we are all excited about the first Mixed Team Event at the 2020 Olympic Games. I would like to thank our media partners. Hakuhodo who we have a strong collaboration with and are helping us to reach new audiences and are a big part of strategy.
Juan Carlos Barcos: “We are conscious of the image we present of our sport and we want to create the conditions to allow judoka to be spectacular and to entertain fans and attract new ones. We are commited to not only retaining but also developing the educational dimension of our sport and the IJF Executive Committee and all commissions were involved in deciding the rule changes.
“We had input from all areas including the Kodokan and the All Japan Judo Federation and we are convinced that we are moving in the right direction and will have the best judo tournament ever at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
The IJF World Judo Tour now heads for St. Petersburg, Russia for the final event of the year as the invite-only World Judo Masters closes out the season on 16-17 December. The top 16 judoka in each weight category will be invited to compete in two weeks-time with everything to fight for.
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