Posted On:6/11/2013 6:13pm
Style: Judo, Karate
I'm not sure whether this is the best place to post this, but I would like to share some video from the Australian Judo Nationals held this last weekend and solicit feedback from "third party" observers.
This footage was taken during the female open section of the Australian Judo Nationals and has understandably generated some discussions on YouTube and Facebook (although I am not sure how to link to the latter). The streaker has been identified in this discussions as a member of the Australian Referees Commission, who to my understanding holds at least a third dan.
The opinions expressed in these discussions have however been somewhat mixed - While the majority view this event negatively (myself included), there are some who have highlighted the irreverent nature of this streaker and the fact that there was an intent to make the evening "fun".
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Posted On:6/11/2013 6:24pm
Style: Kodokan Judo
http://judo.forumsmotion.com/t900-au...ules-in-actionDiscussed at ejudo as well (refugees from old Judo Forum).
I've never seen that sort of behavior at any judo tournament, let alone national championships. As far as I know, it normally would not be tolerated.
It is very disrespectful to the judoka competing...taking attention away from their efforts.
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Posted On:6/11/2013 6:41pm
Thanks for the link BKR. I genuinely hope that Judo Australia does something about this - publicly - but like some of the other posters in the various fora, my expectation is that this will be simply ignored and forgotten.
Posted On:6/12/2013 2:20am
From the JFA Code of Conduct:
"CoM members have a duty to behave in such a manner that they do not bring JFA’s
or the sport of judo in Australia’s reputation into disrepute. This duty involves
adherence to JFA’s own Complaints Tribunal requirements for good conduct and
the Australian Sports Commission Codes for Good Sportsmanship for players,
coaches, parents and spectators."
There is a Directors Code of Conduct which discusses organisational risk including risk to reputation.
Sexual harassment and unwelcome conduct laws also may be relevant here:
3.4 Sexually hostile work environments
In some circumstances, a working environment or workplace culture that is sexually charged or hostile may also amount to unlawful sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination. A sexually hostile workplace is one in which one sex is made to feel uncomfortable or excluded by the workplace environment, by, for example, persistent comments in a male-dominated workplace that women do not belong or by display of sexual material. This approach to sexual harassment first emerged in Bennett v Everitt where it was held that ‘[a]ll employees have a right to employment without sexuality or attempts at the introduction of sexuality, either direct or indirect’.
One of the clearest examples of a hostile environment case is a 1994 decision of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal of Western Australia - Horne v Press Clough Joint Venture (see case example below). Although the two women in this case were never touched, propositioned or harassed by a particular individual, they nevertheless suffered severe, long-term distress and humiliation because of their working environment. The Tribunal stated that:
[i]t is now well established that one of the conditions of employment is quiet enjoyment of it. That concept includes not only freedom from physical intrusion or from being harassed, physically molested or approached in an unwelcome manner, but extends to not having to work in an unsought sexually permeated work environment.
I was at the Championships as a competitor who had actually considered entering the Opens and as a parent of a 12 year old girl.
Incidentally her reaction to the clip was:
1. Why is that man sitting in the coach's chair only wearing his jocks?
2. How come no one pulled him off the mat?
3. The girl in the tight dress looks like a stripper.
She wasn't impressed at all that so little respect was shown towards the women on the mat.
The rest of the Championships went really well and the JFA had obviously tried to improve many things. It was much easier for both competitors and spectators, and was very smoothly run. It would be a real shame if the JFA fail to act on something which is a very public embarrassment especially in front of members of funding bodies and government organisations.
Posted On:6/12/2013 11:52am
Style: Brazillian Jiu Jitsu
He wasn't naked so I'm not sure it qualifies as streaking in my book... BUT, that is definitely disrespectful to the athletes imho. I'm not a fan of some of the formalities involved in these tournaments, but I think this is pretty clearly going too far. Does he have any relationship to the girl who escorted him off the mat?
Posted On:6/12/2013 12:39pm
Funny how irritated the guy was that no one cared about him.
Apart from that, he was not totally nude and probably just lost a bet, while the fighting athletes didn't even notice him - so not such a big deal.
Or maybe he was the first male Femen-protester.
Posted On:6/13/2013 10:08pm
Look, I had five fosters' and a tylenol with codeine #3 and somebody said their was shrimp on the barbie on the other side of the gym while I was in the locker room in me briefs. Don't know what the big deal is mate.
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