Friday, March 31, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Does Ono have a weight problem?

According to Kyodo News, Shohei Ono will be missing the All-Japan Weight Class competition in early April to "focus on his academic studies".

Kyodo goes on to say that Ono's withdrawal means he will most likely miss out on a place at the 2017 Budapest World Championships.

It added that Ono says has not been able to prepare for the worlds as he has been putting priority on writing his thesis as a graduate student at Tenri University.

However, another Kyodo News report quoted a source close to Ono as saying he will be competing in the All-Japan Open Weight competition in late April.

So, let's get this straight. Ono is skipping the weight class competition -- even though this probably means he won't be selected for the World's in Budapest later in the year -- because he needs time to focus on his studies. But within that same month he is competing in the Open weight competition?!?

If he has time to compete in the Open weight competition, why can't he find time to compete in the weight class competition, which serves as the trials for the World's?

Could it be that he has a weight problem? Who knows. Officially, he needs to study.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dex Elmont on competition judo: You're either in or you're out!

A nice interview with Dex Elmont about his retirement from judo. In today's highly competitive climate, it's hard stay on top without being a full-time athlete. As Elmont puts it: you're either in or you're out!

Q: Did you see that the last Australian Open’s winners, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, were aged 34 and 35 and played less matches last year than most of the other top players of the Tour. What are your ideas for a better (IJF World) Tour, a Tour that will let you go more often in Suriname and compete successfully over 35?

A: There is a big difference between tennis and judo. Tennis has more financial benefits. So even if my body was able to fight at this age, the social effects are not beneficial for my future. In life you have to make choices. Judo is becoming a full time job. Now you have to be in, OR you are out.

Click here to read the whole interview.