I have summarized an IJF document which is called JudoVision 2000. As the name implies, it is a blueprint of where Judo is to be heading in the near future. From my understanding, the document's primary author is the IJF President, Mr. Park. As you will see, many of the ideas have long been requested by coaches at the local level.
It is interesting to note that this document was passed out not too long ago at an IJF seminar. Participants were encouraged to respond and comment. Unfortunately, little feedback was received. Fortunately for the coaches of the IJCA, this is an excellent opportunity for us to start voicing our opinions. As such, I am encouraging each of you to send your comments to Mr. Park at firstname.lastname@example.org. These comments should include praise and support for trying to move Judo out of the stone age, as well as specific comments regarding the various ideas and proposals. To help us position ourselves for future input, please introduce yourselves as members of the International Judo Coaches Alliance.
Issue: What aspects of judo make it complicated for the average spectator to enjoy?
Hypothesis: The rules of judo are too complicated for the average spectator.
Issue: Why has the performance of referees deteriorated?
Hypothesis: Lack of education seminars and meetings for referees.
Issue: Why have the popularity and attractiveness of Judo declined in the recent past?
Hypothesis: Lack of modern development within the sport of judo.
Issue: Why has there been a recent increase in the frequency of doping cases?
Hypothesis: There is a need to enforce strict anti-doping policies in conjunction with the IOC.
Issue: Why is there such a discrepancy in the organization procedures throughout the world?
Hypothesis: There is a lack of education throughout the different Continental Unions on the organization procedure for judo competitions.
Issue: Why is there a decrease in the participation of juniors in recreational and competition judo?
Hypothesis: There is a lack of educational and developmental programs for juniors and junior judokas throughout the world.
Issue: Why is there a lack of women participants in tournaments, refereeing and officials on the administrative level?
Hypothesis: There is a lack of educational and promotional programs for women in the sport of judo.
Increase the number of women participants in IJF Meetings and Seminars. The International Judo Federation is well informed of the IOC's desire for development of women's participation in the decision-making structures of the Olympic Movement. One half of all of the medals in IJF Championships and the Olympics are awarded to female competitors, however within the decision-making bodies of the IJF, the participation of women is embarrassingly low.
The IJF must increase the number of women referees and in the decision-making structures. In the IJF, at present:
As a result, the IJF has made great efforts and policy decisions to directly change the structure of the IJF. The following are a sample of the programs that we have instilled within the IJF: At present, from a total of 274, there are only 13 female International Referees within the IJF. With the assistance of Olympic Solidarity, the IJF has set the goal of increasing the total number of female top-level referees in the IJF to at least 10% by the 2000 Sydney Olympics through a series of IJF Referee Seminars for women.
The IJF is in complete support of the IOC's goals for women's participation into the 21st century and furthermore pledge to do everything within our ability to contribute to promote women's participation in the administrative structures of the IJF. October 1997: Nomination of the first female IJF Medical Commissioner, Dr. Helen James. For the first time in the history of the British Judo Association, a woman has been elected to the highest post of President.
Issue: Why is there a general lack in the knowledge and spirit of judo?
Hypothesis: Recently there has been a scarcity of educational programs for perpetuating the spirit of judo.
Issue: Why is there a scarcity of public-relations awards for judokas in the media?
Hypothesis: The scarcity of international awards in competition judo prevents judo from maximizing its publicity and "star" potential.
Creation of the IJF "Judoka of the Year" Award
In order to promote Judo, IJF should create "star" in our sport and try to maximize their publicity. Currently there are no major IJF awards for outstanding judokas. These selected outstanding judoka has a good chance to become judo "Star". In order to further promote the sport of Judo throughout the world, proposal for the creation of the most prestigious award in the world of Judo, the IJF World Judoka of the Year for Men and World Judoka of the Year for Women.
The qualifications and nomination procedure will be the same as that for the IJF World Judoka of the Year. This award will be given during the years in which an IJF Junior World Championship occurs and there are no World Championships or Olympics.
Title: IJF World Judoka of the Year (Male and Female)
Awards Ceremony: He/she will be invited to attend the next IJF Meetings & Seminars or IJF Event for a special awards ceremony in honor of this award.
Prize: Each winner will receive a trophy and an IJF certificate in a special awards ceremony. As a symbolic gesture, a US$ 1000 prize will also be awarded. The IJF will bear the winners' costs of transportation and accommodations.
Sponsorship: It is our hope that we will find a partner or sponsor for this venture within our IJF Official Suppliers, various Judo publications, media companies, etc. The sponsor will be asked to provide the World Judoka of the Year trophy and perhaps help to subsidize some of the travel or accommodation costs of the two winners.
Approved during the 1998 Garmisch EC Meeting to be overseen by the IJF Media Commissioner.
Introduction of Prize Money in Competition Judo At present, there are no methods of compensating Senior or junior judokas for their future development as world class judokas.
Through corporate and commercial sponsorships, provide prize money for senior and scholarships to outstanding junior judokas who perform well in IJF Events.
For the first time in the history of the IJF, 1996 Porto Junior World Championships scholarships were distributed to the medallists:
Creation of the IJF "Hall of Fame"
Proposed by Lawrie Hargrave during the IJF Seychelles DC Meeting, 1997. Start a study of Hall of Fame from examples of other sports Selection Criteria and method under investigation with data from the Judo Canada Hall of Fame
Issue: Why is there a scarcity of judo-related information in the general public, new publications, television, radio, etc.?
Hypothesis: The methods for releasing judo-related information to the general public have been undefined. The IJF should inform such sources as the IOC, ASOIF, GAISF, Sport Intern, AP, UPI, etc. of current developments in the IJF.
Issue: Why is the IJF not as profitable as other International Sports Federations?
Hypothesis: The IJF has not yet maximized revenues in television, commercial sponsorship and worldwide marketing.
Maximize revenues from television broadcasts and video.
Expand the broadcasting of judo by reaching underdeveloped and developing judo countries. Increase the popularity of judo in order to receive a increased payment for the television broadcasting rights after 2001.
Increase the commercial sponsorship in judo. At present, the commercial sponsorship in judo is relatively week. Aside from Official Judogi and Tatami Suppliers, the IJF does not have any additional corporate sponsorship.
Investigate new possibilities for the commercial sponsorship of judo aside from official suppliers such as multinational corporations and industries that are investing sponsorships in sports.
Improve the worldwide marketing of judo. At present, the worldwide marketing of judo is very weak and there were no contracts for the intellectual rights of the IJF.
IJF should make bench marketing to the other IF or National Federation where judo is very popular sport.
Award the intellectual rights of the IJF to the Official Videographer and Photographer
IJF Official Videographer and Photographer Agreements - approved by the EC during the 1998 Munich EC Meeting. Signed in April of '98.
Martial Arts CD ROM: currently under production by the IJF Official Videographer, Fighting Films.
Increase overall income of the IJF
Increase in income from the past due to:
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