Monday, December 15, 2014

Who says there's no money in judo?

Well, it's largely true there's not much money to be made in judo. A common refrain amongst judo enthusiasts is that judo doesn't ever earn you money, if anything it costs you money.

In a way that's a bad thing and a good thing. The bad thing is of course it's hard for judo players and coaches to carry on without a sponsor. Unless they have some means of generating income outside of judo, they will have a difficult time.

The good thing is that it somehow keeps judo pure, in the sense that people who do it, really do it for the love of the sport. Why else would you do it? There's no money in it! Of course there are exceptions. Top players in certain countries, like France and Brazil, apparently make good money. But for the most part, there's very little money in judo.

Of course that's starting to change. In recent years, under the leadership of Marius Vizer, there's more money in judo. And that has improved judo tremendously. There's more global competitions now. There's lots of professional video coverage of judo available online (if not on TV). There's lots of IJF judo events all over the world. All this takes money.

Tchrikishvili & Kelmendi have got nice X'mas gifts from IJF

Winners of IJF world circuit events also win money. And now, they also get bonuses for achieving top rankings. Here are the ones who got bonuses this year (via IJF):

World champions Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) and Avtandil Tchrikishvili (GEO) ended the year at the top of the IJF Prestige World Ranking List to become the inaugural male and female end-of-year winners. They received US$50,000 each.

Judo icons Teddy Riner (FRA) and Ilias Iliadis (GRE) have both received US$40,000 each for extraordinary services popularizing judo around the world, as well as excellent results in their sports career. Other top ranking players who received US$10,000 each are:

Munkhbat Urantsetseg (MGL) - $10,000
Automne Pavia (FRA) - $10,000
Clarisse Agbegnenou - $10,000
Kim Polling (NED) - $10,000
Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA) - $10,000
Idalys Ortiz (CUB) - $10,000

Ganbat Boldbaatar (MGL) - $10,000
Mikhail Pulyaev (RUS) - $10,000
Dex Elmont (NED) - $10,000
Varlam Liparteliani (GEO - $10,000
Lukas Krpalek (CZE) - $10,000

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