All Japan Judo Federation submitted the protest sentence to IJF.
- All Japan Judo Federation (2000.10.06) -
September 29, 2000
Mr. Yong Sung Park
International Judo Federation
Re : Protest Note Concerning the Refereeﾕs Judgment in the Final Match of Menﾕs Judo
+100kg Category at the Sydney Olympic Games
Dear Mr. Park,
On behalf of the All Japan Judo Federation, I would like to congratulate you on the success on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. We would like to declare our heartfelt appreciation to you and your staff for all your assistance.
The exciting matches by athletes from each of the represented countries and regions gave audiences worldwide a spectacular impression. This was true for live audiences as well as television viewers.
However, we must express our great deal of disappointment at the misjudgment between Shinohara and Douillet in the final match on September 22, 2000. When Douillet executed Uchimata to Shinohara, Shinohara threw Douillet by Uchimata-sukashi, one of his best techniques. One judge awarded Shinohara Ippon for Shinoharaﾕs Uchimata-sukashi but the referee and the other judge awarded Yuko for Douilletﾕs Uchimata. We understand that in some cases each refereeﾕs judgment differs according to the position and angle of view. Shinoharaﾕs Uchimata-sukashi, however, was clearly Ippon from all angles and positions of view. According to the people watching the match, there was no doubt; it was Shinoharaﾕs win by Ippon.
It was quite obvious from both the videotape and the photograph (attached) that Shinohara was in control of the throw. (Shinohara balanced his body weight with his right leg, left leg extended up and away from his body. Shinoharaﾕs right hand gripped Douilletﾕs left hand, controlling and pulling Douillet. At the same time Shinohara pushed Douilletﾕs ribcage with his left hand. These details indicate Shinohara controlled the throw of Douillet.)
Coaches and athletes dream of competing at the Olympics and make extreme efforts day in and day out to get so far in their sport. Competition and judgments needs to show honor and integrity. This is no difference in Judo. We need to ensure that future generations of athletes can also believe their dreams are possible.
We respectfully request the IJF Executive Committeeﾕs Meeting regarding this matter at your earliest convenience. Please forward notification of any decision made in this matter. If the misjudgments occur in the future, the same situations will repeat themselves. By resolving this issue promptly, this will help to promote more cooperative international competition.
In the event that no satisfactory decision is made, we will reluctantly be forced to file a more formal complaint in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
We anxiously await your reply.
All Japan Judo Federation
C.C. : International Olympic Committee
Japanese Olympic Committee
Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games
International Judo Federation Executive Committee