Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vizer stays calm


He may have stirred the hornet's nest but Marius Vizer stays calm...
It has been a tumultuous week at the SportAccord convention in the Russian city of Sochi. But the man at the centre of the storm has remained calm. On Thursday the president Marius Vizer addressed the customary closing press conference, he looked content maybe relieved that he had voiced his concern for the world of sport    
So, Vizer stays cool and collected, that is until the subject of IAAF President Lamine Diack crops up
I dedicate and I sacrifice my family for sport, I mean sacrifice in the way of dedication," Vizer said at a news conference in Sochi. "And in my eyes, (Diack is) a person who sacrifices sport for his family."
Ouch!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Vizer goes for Ippon!

Here is the full text of Sports Accord (and IJF) President Marius Vizer's recent scathing speech against the International Olympic Committee.


Here is an insightful analysis of what's going on with the champion (Thomas Bach), the challenger (Vizer) and the smooth operator (Sheik Al Sabah). Here's an excerpt:
There was no reason for such a harsh attack. He could have sweetly mentioned the problems that exist, opening a door to an open and frank debate. But he has preferred the fight. Why? Has Vizer chosen  attack as the best defense in order to avoid being the target? Has he fallen into a trap? Or more simply, has he decided to go to the war in order to count who is with him and who is against? At the moment he looks as if he’s the loser, but we are only in the first round.
The immediate backlash has been brutal as several international sports bodies have suspended or broken off ties with Sports Accord. But as the analysis points out, this is only the first round. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pulling down the head without attacking is Shido

In the past, one of the ways you can cause your opponent to get a penalty is to pull down his head and make him passive. The French, in particular, were excellent at this.

These days, however, if you simply pull down your opponent's head without attacking, you will get the penalty, as can see in this clip below.

Blue is pulling down White's head. But Blue is not attacking. Only pulling down the head. He should get a Shido, according to most of the referees and the IJF Referee's Commission.