USA Judo Position Statement on IJF Rule Changes

Dec. 11, 2012, 2:56 p.m. (ET)

USA Judo wants all judo athletes, coaches, referees, administrators and parents to have clear and complete information on rule changes recently released by the International Judo Federation on its website and subsequently circulated around the world.

To clarify:

The final rule changes will be officially announced by USA Judo on all of our communication platforms as soon as possible.

Everyone should note that any and all rule changes will go into effect after the IJF Grand Slam Paris, Feb. 10 and 11.

On January 25th there will be a meeting in Mexico City with the IJF where USA Judo will have representation. After that meeting, we expect to have full understanding of the spirit and application of these rule changes. We will announce our findings as soon as possible.

Until then, we advise that you take anything you read in regards to the new rules with a grain of salt. We will, just as we did three years ago when other rule changes were established, let all of you know in writing what will apply, when and why.

We hope this helps all of those who may be overwhelmed with 'unofficial' emails and comments regarding this matter. It is one of our goals to keep you fully informed about important changes affecting our great sport.

Lance Nading, President, USA Judo Board of Directors

Jose H. Rodriguez, CEO, USA Judo