New type of judogi being tested by IJF
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

It is a source of irritation for the IJF that athletes stretch time or get an artificial break because their judogi let loose. The IJF is now working on an experiment that should hold the judogi a lot firmer.

As we all know, judogis fall out of place all the time during competition and sometimes, some crafty judo players are even able to engineer situations that call for the judogi to be readjusted and the belt re-tied properly, giving them valuable seconds to catch their breath. This is especially useful during Golden Score.

To prevent that from happening, the IJF is experimenting with a new type of judogi that has an "inner belt" to hold the judogi securely to the player's body even if the main jacket gets disheveled.

In a blink-and-you-might-miss-it paragraph at the end of a press release on the Prague Junior European Cup, it states: A new judogi design will be tested the first time during the tournament.

According to the French Judo Federation Facebook Page, continuous improvements will be made until they come up with a good solution.

The introduction of such a judogi may not happen so soon although we can probably expect it to happen before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

IJF Secretary-General Jean-Luc Rougé is tasked with overseeing the testing of this new experimental judogi.

If judogis are more securely fastened to judoka's bodies during competition, we will have faster-paced matches with less interruptions caused by players having to re-adjust their judogis and re-tying their belts.

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