Statement by USA Judo to Our Members

May 29, 2009, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

USA Judo regrets to have learned of an incident that occurred during an unauthorized international trip of judo junior athletes.

USA Judo wants to make it clear to the general membership that this trip to Dominican Republic by junior athletes was NOT approved nor sanctioned by USA Judo. Further, the coach/chaperone involved in the incident was suspended by USA Judo for a two-year period (September 24, 2007-September 23, 2009).

The USA Judo Ethics Committee is now recommending an indefinite suspension of this individual.

The sanctioning and support of this international trip violated the Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, which grants authority to sanction participation of U.S. amateur athletes in such an event only by the recognized National Governing Body of the sport. USA Judo soon will announce actions relating to this violation.