News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

IJF Voice Neil Adams runs double duties as commentator and IJF Referee Supervisor

3 Jul 2017 09:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
neil_adams

Since 2017 Neil Adams is pulling double duties as an IJF Referee Supervisor and IJF commentator. Great Britain’s first male world judo champion won the World Championships in 1981 either side of reaching the final in the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.

Double Olympic silver medallist Adams, 58, said that his Worlds dream was the driving force behind his accomplished junior career which sparked an illustrious senior career which is still talked about today.

“In the late 70’s I was obsessed with the idea of becoming a world champion,” said five-time European champion Adams. “I wanted it so much and by 1981 I was expecting to win. In 1979 in Paris I won bronze and I knew that I was capable of much more.”

Four-time senior world medallist Adams believed that he was destined to win the world crown in 1981. “I just knew on the day that I was going to win. My preparation had gone perfectly, physically and mentally I was ready and I was calm. Facing Kase Jiro (JPN) in the final was something I had prepared for and I had beaten him just before the Worlds at the US Open.

“He was so defensive and concerned about my tachi-waza but was given special instructions by his coach to stay away from the ground after our first ne-waza exchange. Setting up the juji-gatame felt like a lifetime but it was progressive ne-waza which we thankfully now see a lot of in the present day.

“To win the Worlds was an incredible moment and to win four medals from four attempts is something that I am very proud of but still I could have achieved even more.”

With the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships looming, Adams thinks that the amended set of rules for 2017 have given judoka more license to produce positive judo and bigger scores.

“We feel that the rules and the level of judo are moving in a very positive direction and this is a constant goal for us. Ultimately we want to attract more fans to our sport, to show the world an exciting and dynamic product and I urge all sports fans to watch this year’s World Championships in August.”

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Neil Adams (GBR), Ezio Gamba (ITA) - Grand Prix Düsseldorf (2017, GER) - © Christian Fidler
  • Neil Adams (GBR) - Grand Prix Tbilisi (2017, GEO) - © Levan Akhalkatsi
  • Neil Adams (GBR) - © David Finch, Judophotos.com

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20190210_parisgs_ijf_neil_adams_awarded_9_dan

Neil Adams Awarded 9th Dan

10 Feb 2019 17:00

Ahead of the final block, British judo legend Neil Adams, a double Olympic silver medallist, 1981 world champion and five-time European champion was awarded his 9th Dan in the AccorHotels Arena from the IJF President Mr. Marius L. Vizer. Read more

20181215_ijf_final_66_maruyama_joshiro_jpn

Japan dominates Masters with seven gold medals

16 Dec 2018 14:10

With seven gold medals the Japanese fighters clearly dominated the Masters where the best athletes were fighting at the last event of the year. The Japanese didn't even bring their number one choice. British judo legend Neil Adams is double Olympic silver medallist, 1981 world champion, five-time European champion shared his technical analysis of last day of IJF action for 2018. Read more

Neil Adams_TV

Neil Adams positive about new judo rules

9 Jan 2017 10:20

The 2018 World Championships host city of Baku in Azerbaijan hosted the IJF Referee and Coach Seminar this week where the the newly-adapted rules were presented to coaches and referees. Read more

2015 World Judo Day Unity

IJF unveils 2015 World Judo Day theme: UNITY

15 Oct 2015 16:40

The International Judo Federation will host the fifth and most anticipated edition of the annual #WorldJudoDay on 28 October with UNITY selected as this year’s theme. Previous themes were HONOUR (2014), PERSEVERANCE (2013), JUDO FOR ALL (2012) and RESPECT (2011) for the day which is dedicated to coaches, fans, judoka and everyone with a passion for one of the world’s most widely practised sports. Read more

photo

New judo heroes are made at European Cadet Championships

1 Jul 2015 16:05

This week the European Championships for Cadets will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria. This event is of a particular importance for many reasons. First of all, it is a qualifier for the World Cadet Judo Championships in Sarajevo in August. Secondly, the cadet age group is the first and most challenging step to the higher level, and many young judoka have proved to become a champion such as Arsen Galstyan, Ilias Iliadis, Elnur Mammadli and from the past Angelo Parisi. They all won the Olympic title later in their careers. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
1Osaka2018
1Jakarta2018
3Fukuoka2018
Result City Date
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb
7Guangzhou2018
1Baku2018
2Baku2018

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description