Due the pandemic situation, the Paris Olympic cycle will be three years long and so, the refereeing rules are going to be adjusted in order to present judo in its best form.
Vladimir Barta, IJF Head Sport Director said, “We have received proposals and recommendations from national federations for rule amendments and changes. The IJF is working hard to modernise our beloved sport with input from partners. These new rules will come into force from the beginning of 2022, in place until 2024.
The principle of the rules is to protect athletes and the sport as a whole, while promoting judo to be more dynamic, more attractive for the public and the media.”
In this extensive video Neil Adams, Olympic medallist, world champion and today IJF Refereeing Supervisor, explains, in detail, all the rules that will be applied in the first instance during the Odivelas Grand Prix in Portugal from 28th-30th January and on until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.