Before I left for the Worlds, one of my readers suggested that the Judo at the World Championships in Tokyo would probably be more exciting than what many of us had witnessed on TV during the Miami World Cup held just ten days prior to the Worlds. Truth be told is that he was both right and wrong. Let me explain why.
Months ago, the IJF decreed that because coaches were making a “spectacle” of themselves (by yelling at referees when they screwed up) they would be banned from matside coaching. They have thankfully revisited that decision. Now, instead of being shuffled off to some holding pen away from the mat, coaches are once again being allowed to sit matside, albeit behind the barrier of advertising panels. Continue reading