IJF wants "IJF Certified!" gi usage only after 2011.
There has been a lot of discussion about the validity of the new judo rules that states than leg grabs are verboten unless renraku- or kaeshi-waza. I am surprised that there wasn't more discussion on something that may affect us as consumers.
After January 1st 2011, the IJF intends to ban gi (and obi) from IJF events that have not passed an examination by IJF contracted laboratories, at the gi makers' expense. Any gi that doesn't have an "IJF Approved!" tag will be forbidden. Guess the sokuteiki wasn't enough.
This entails spending north of $1000 per testing, $1 for each little logo (of which there are 3 per gi : jacket, obi, pants, and a minimum order requirement of 3,000) and $50,000 for the privilege of sewing the logos on. The document also contains measure on fabric weave and lapels, for example.
Granted, most of us do not participate in IJF events, and as mere mortals this rule will largely not affect us. However this does mean that there will be a glass roof over the head of smaller gi manufacturers that will not be able to supply gi to elite athletes unless they pay the required fees. For those who can afford the IJF fees, the gi prices will probably rise. This means bad news for the customers, elite or not.
What's more, there are also the underlying moral choices behind such a decision.
The IJF seeks to unfairly restrain elite competition among gi makers to those few who are already prosperous enough to pay the fees to the IJF. In the interest of the free market, this is unacceptable. Judoka and non-judoka, what do you think? I think :
Screw the IJF.
EDIT : the official regulations can be found here : http://judoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=42871