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Phrost
11/21/2014 9:42am,
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Marius Vizer, IJF President

In a statement posted to the IJF website first thing this morning, Marius Vizer, IJF President, responded to the growing outrage over the organization's rule change that forbids top Judo players from competing in non-Judo events without prior permission.

We're posting the entire response here for your convenience. You can also view it here (http://www.intjudo.eu/News/cikk3284).


"With regards to your worries towards the IJF decision to limit the migration of judokas to other sports and disciplines, I would like to make the following clarifications: IJF, the Continental Unions, the National Federations, as well as the Judo clubs made serious efforts in these past years on all levels, in order to support and participate in the development reform of our sport.

The International Judo Federation and its Member Federations have extensively invested in training and competitions programs, setting up of structures, equipment donation and media coverage. All these investments must be preserved, like in any other sports, having in their rules a return toward the formative structures.

This extensive development program has an impact on the complexity of the competition program, the media and marketing strategy, the promotion, the IJF solidarity programs worth several million dollars every year, the Sports Department, the Refereeing Department, the Financial Department, Judo for Children, Judo for Schools, Judo for Peace, as well as prize money for athletes and coaches, all of this as part of an idea of radical change of our sport, reflected by the inclusion of Judo, for the first time in history, in the third category of Olympic Sports among the five existing and meanwhile having as major aim the introduction of the Team Event in the Judo Competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

All our achievements, as well as our objective to have the team event for the first time in Tokyo 2020, strengthens our conviction that we must maintain our sport in a homogenous, unitary, clean and integral community, in order to achieve all our other objectives for the following period. Judo wishes to preserve its heritage.

It is important to remember that when Wrestling was temporarily removed from the Olympic program, one of the reasons was also the fact that this sport associated with and integrated also other combat disciplines incompatible with the educational values of sport.

IJF does not exclude collaboration and partnership with other combat sports disciplines, but these must be carried out within the limits of mutual advantages and without the migration of athletes from one community to the other. Some agreements were established with federations that specify the conditions of participation.

In this period of reforms and development of Judo, other sports and disciplines noticed our evolution and they showed to be more and more interested in attracted our athletes ready formed, due to the investments made by their clubs, their National Federations, their Continental Unions, as well as IJF, in order to benefit from their services and to generate financial benefits in the interests of certain leaders from other sports, as well as in order to promote the image of these sports through the performances of our athletes, achieved with a lot of efforts and hard work in the Judo competitions at all levels, as well as the Olympic Games. Moreover, private bodies of match organization exploit the work of our federations without any compensation.

At the same time, the migration of athletes to several sports would only represent a spiritual contamination of our sport once these athletes come back to Judo, a sport whose spirit and values were acquired and transmitted through generations, from Jigoro Kano onwards. We should not forget the history of Judo and the merits of all the heroes and legends of our sport.

I consider freedom to be one of the supreme values of humanity but we should not forget that before Freedom, Honor and Loyalty are primary values of any community or generation. The principles and values of our sport are more than enough for individual perfection, on a sports level as well as on the formational level for society.

"The values of our sport, together with the Honor and Loyalty to Judo mean a lot more than a few extra dollars for which we could sell our identity and than a bleeding on inhuman face on various podiums of other sports that never made any efforts for the education and sports preparation of the athletes involved.

I can reassure you that the IJF decisions always serve the interests of our sport and our athletes, as well as preserving and developing continuously the values of Judo and the welfare and integrity of our community.

I consider that for all of us, Judo is the true path in life, in sport and in society.
We have to keep Judo strong and united!

With friendship,

Marius Vizer"

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What do you think?

Resonance10
11/21/2014 10:02am,
He forgot to mention the time and money invested by 'his' athletes.

Spoken like the true capitalizing CEO of a communist organisation.

Wing-Kwan-Fu
11/21/2014 10:06am,
I would like to make the following clarifications: IJF, the Continental Unions, the National Federations, as well as the Judo clubs made serious efforts in these past years on all levels, in order to support and participate in the development reform of our sport.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SO ANGRY ABOUT.

STOP trying to develop it from the top down; that's what the players are for.

Wing-Kwan-Fu
11/21/2014 10:07am,
Oh, and of *course* a cursory examination shows he has no background in Judo.

Lane
11/21/2014 10:22am,
Why are we listening to a non-judo-playing white guy tell us how a Japanese sport, developed by a Japanese man, consistent with Japanese values, lecture us on the nature of judo?

BKR
11/21/2014 11:33am,
Bottom line is the bottom line.

For Vizer to even speak of judo values is disgusting.

Rene "Zendokan" Gysenbergs
11/21/2014 11:49am,
...At the same time, the migration of athletes to several sports would only represent a spiritual contamination of our sport once these athletes come back to Judo, a sport whose spirit and values were acquired and transmitted through generations, from Jigoro Kano onwards. We should not forget the history of Judo and the merits of all the heroes and legends of our sport...[/i]

SAY WHAT!!???

They have stripped so much of Jigoro Kano's original Judo away that you need to add BJJ to get something that resembles the Judo that Jigoro Kano taught!
And don't get me started on "Russian Judo".

cufaol
11/21/2014 12:23pm,
Surely, this must be an attempt at trolling? *please be a troll*

Permalost
11/21/2014 12:39pm,
I wish this was at a press conference that ended like this:
http://www.gifbin.com/bin/032011/1301594822_judo-parliament-tamoe-nage.gif

Krijgsman
11/21/2014 12:47pm,
It is important to remember that when Wrestling was temporarily removed from the Olympic program, one of the reasons was also the fact that this sport associated with and integrated also other combat disciplines incompatible with the educational values of sport.

I don't remember this ever being the problem, but rather poor management from FILA and poor T.V. numbers. I could be wrong though. Either way the sentiment reinforces the "gotta stay in the Olympics, gotta make money off of these judoka" attitude that most people have already assumed was the reasoning for this ban. If the IJF spends lots of money developing judo and judoka, I sure as hell haven't seen any of that money in any of the clubs I've been a part of.

Bneterasedmynam
11/21/2014 1:04pm,
I don't remember this ever being the problem, but rather poor management from FILA and poor T.V. numbers. I could be wrong though. Either way the sentiment reinforces the "gotta stay in the Olympics, gotta make money off of these judoka" attitude that most people have already assumed was the reasoning for this ban. If the IJF spends lots of money developing judo and judoka, I sure as hell haven't seen any of that money in any of the clubs I've been a part of.

That's because the competitors are the worker bees, and money never flows down the ladder, only up.

Bneterasedmynam
11/21/2014 1:06pm,
You guys should be proud of judo it's now big enough to be "big business". Although it may very well end being the death of the sport.

BFGalbraith
11/21/2014 2:24pm,
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"All these investments must be preserved, like in any other sports, having in their rules a return toward the formative structures."


So it's all about the money then, and justifying your stupid rules that are anything but traditional.



"Judo wishes to preserve its heritage... We should not forget the history of Judo and the merits of all the heroes and legends of our sport."


Agreed, bring back the double leg throws. Oh wait, in reality that is the last thing you care about.



"I consider freedom to be one of the supreme values of humanity but we should not forget that before Freedom, Honor and Loyalty are primary values of any community or generation. "


Thank you for clarifying that what you are actually trying to preserve here is the very worst aspects of ancient Japanese feudalism, and that you very specifically value "loyalty" and "honor" above freedom.



"SPIRITUAL CONTAMINATION... blah blah blah..."


You are right, Judo has become spiritually contaminated by people like you. Also please take all this values & spirituality to church on Sunday and leave it out of conversations about full contact martial arts (that you have never participated in.)

I hope Judoka move on to other grappling arts and take their knowledge with them, otherwise this knowledge will be lost as the IJF turns Judo into Capoeira.

ChenPengFi
11/21/2014 2:39pm,
Olympic Judo is a MMA farm league now.
Ronda wins again.

Wing-Kwan-Fu
11/21/2014 3:03pm,
Why are we listening to a non-judo-playing white guy tell us how a Japanese sport, developed by a Japanese man, consistent with Japanese values, lecture us on the nature of judo?

The only important thing there is "non-judo-playing". White's got nothing to do with it.

RynoGreene
11/21/2014 3:29pm,
strengthens our conviction that we must maintain our sport in a homogenous, unitary, clean and integral community, in order to achieve all our other objectives for the following period. Judo wishes to preserve its heritage.


Yah, because Kano was never influenced by other arts or grappling styles or anything, right?