After much consideration I have decided to split this post into several shorter posts. It is no secret that I am hugely disappointed with the performance of the British Judo team over the 2011 world championships in Paris. With only 332 days to go until our u60kg player steps on the mat in the London 2012 Olympic games how can we have our worst world championships since 1969? Who is to blame?
Firstly I want to consider how badly we performed this year, was it really worse than previous years? I have made a table to show how bad our performance was (see below) in comparison to previous world championships.
|1986, Maastrict||3||1||Women Only|
|1985, Seoul||2||1||Men Only|
|1984, Vienna||1||1||Women Only|
|1983, Moscow||1||Men Only|
|1982, Paris||2||1||Women Only|
|1981, Maastricht||1||Men Only|
|1980, New York||1||1||3||Women Only|
|1979, Paris||1||2||7||Men Only|
|1975, Vienna||2||Men Only|
|1973, Lausanne||2||Men Only|
|1971, Ludwigshafen||2||Men Only|
|1969, Mexico City||1||Men Only|
|1967, Salt Lake City||1||Men Only|
This table clearly shows that the last time we didn’t medal in a world championships was 1975 but in 1975 we did secure two 5th places. In 2011 we got one 5th and one 7th place, to find a result this bad by British Judo at the world championships you would need to go back to Mexico City, 1969! That’s 42 years ago! So here we are 332 days away from a home Olympic games with our worst performance in 42 years.
Over the next few posts I am going to analyse this performance and where appropriate I will attribute blame, I don’t like pointing the finger and blaming people but enough is enough! In separate posts I will consider the players, the staff, the BJA, UK sport and the culture of judo in Great Britain.
The next post will be on the players, see you then and please add you comments….