Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bridge or No Bridge - Version 3

This example sparked a fascinating exchange between the IJF referee commission and sports commission, which held one opinion; and the rest of the referees and coaches who held a different opinion.

The referee commission and sports commission unanimously felt there was a bridging situation by blue and thus an ippon should be awarded to white.

However, when put to a vote, only a few referees and coaches agreed with ippon. The majority felt there was no bridging situation and thus only a yuko should be awarded to white.

Juan Barcos, head of the referee commission acknowledges the majority opinion. However, Daniel Lascau (former World champion and an IJF sports director) totally rejects yuko saying that it sends the wrong signal to young people, that it is ok to avoid a throw by landing on your head. Vladimir Barta, head of the sports commission, says "I don't care about yuko, I care about the neck."

Ezio Gamba (former Olympic champion and now head coach of Russia) argues that white created the situation by dumping blue on his head. He believes there was no way blue could avoid falling on his head.

Jan Snijders, of the referee commission, counters Gamba by saying blue could have taken the fall and land on his back but he tries to avoid that by landing on his head instead.

Gamba again insists it is not blue's fault. Snijders says it is blue's fault but he accepts that the majority disagrees.

Barcos also acknowledges the majority opinion but he says that he cannot in good conscience agree to a yuko score for such a situation. In the end, he suggests that we err on the side of caution and give an ippon in situations where someone lands on his head.

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