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Japan and judo – an unbreakable bond

Japan and judo – an unbreakable bond

first_imgWhen the Tokyo Olympics eventually open a year late, one of the hottest tickets in town will be for judo. Invented in Japan and first introduced at Tokyo 1964, judo is coming home. Judo, Japan and the Olympics have an inextricable bond. The sport was created in the late 19th century by the revered Jigoro Kano, who would become Japan’s — and Asia’s — first International Olympic Committee member.Kano, whose portrait gazes down benevolently at every dojo, was the driving force behind Japan first taking part in the Olympics in 1912, travelling to Stockholm as team captain and meeting Olympics founding father Baron Pierre de Courbertin. He is still held in reverence today by judoka all around the world, especially at Tokyo’s Kodokan, the home of the sport, which attracts wide-eyed judo enthusiasts from all over the world for its famous winter training — open to all prepared to start at 5:00 am. He was also instrumental in Tokyo being awarded the Games in 1940 — an Olympics that never took place due to Japanese aggression in China and the outbreak of World War II.De Courbertin believed Kano’s judo philosophy and the Olympic ideal were perfect bedfellows. Kano named the martial art “judo” meaning “the gentle way” and saw it as a means of developing both the body and the mind.Kano was way ahead of his time in terms of inclusivity. He encouraged women to take up the sport and at first did not charge for classes, believing everyone regardless of rank, wealth or social class should have the opportunity to enjoy judo. Judo’s founder is also closely linked with the development of sport in Japan. He believed that “nothing is more important in this world than education” and oversaw the introduction of physical education as part of the school curriculum. Topics : ‘Work together’ Modern sporting Japan relies on judo for a fair share of its Olympic medals and will be hoping for a large haul in Tokyo. Judo is top of the list in terms of Japanese Olympic success, with 39 golds — ahead of wrestling with 32 and gymnastics with 31.Japan is also by far the most successful nation when it comes to Olympic judo. Its 39 golds equals the next four best countries combined — France (14 golds), South Korea (11), China (eight) and Cuba (six).Before the one-year Olympic postponement due to coronavirus, the Japanese team was in dominant form, topping the medal table at the 2019 World Championship held in Tokyo with 15 medals including four golds.World champions Joshiro Maruyama and Shohei Ono are hotly tipped in the men’s competition while Japan also boasts women’s world champions in Uta Abe and Akira Sone.To mark judo’s importance for Japan ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, AFP is publishing a series of multimedia stories looking at the sport and its deep cultural roots in the country.AFP journalists have visited Kano’s hometown to meet members of his sake-brewing extended family, interviewed female champions past and present to gauge the standing of women’s judo in Japan and profiled the extraordinary Ueno dynasty, where three daughters won Olympic or world championship Gold.Other stories include a look at the niche world of judo therapy to treat ailments and an ancient judo uniform factory that still weaves its own materials.The series is not limited to Japan. There is also a profile of a Bali-based self-styled “judo missionary”, who has spent his life travelling in some 20 countries to teach judo and who offers a salutary message for the coronavirus era.The key tenets of judo, says 75-year-old Tsuneo Sengoku, are patience and compassion, both needed during this time of lockdown and disease.”It’s time to exercise grand master Kano’s spirit of Jita-Kyoei [mutual prosperity for oneself and others],” he said. “I want to call on people to hang on and work together.”last_img read more

Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final win

Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final win

first_imgArsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final win He wasn’t in the stadium either but Arteta was not keen to discuss either’s future after the match. Asked if there was anything in them both being absent, Arteta replied: ‘Let’s enjoy the moment.’ He added: ‘We don’t have here Matteo and Mesut but they deserve credit as they played their part.’Should Arsenal sell Mesut Ozil?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Aug 2020 8:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Comment Ozil was not involved (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil sent a message of congratulations to his Arsenal team-mates after being left out of their FA Cup final win over Chelsea. Ozil was not part of Mikel Arteta’s cup-winning side, in fact he wasn’t even in the country. He was in Turkey, with Arsenal’s permission. Despite being their best-paid player, the German World Cup winner has not played a single minute of football since football resumed and his absence from the FA Cup final squad suggests he is not a part of Arteta’s plans. The 31-year-old may not have got his hand on the trophy, but he did seem pleased to see his team-mates get the job done after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in a 2-1 win over Frank Lampard’s team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOzil posted a picture of the Arsenal squad holding the FA Cup trophy aloft with the caption: ‘Great job my boys!!! 🏆👏🏼❤️ #LondonIsRed  🔴 #YaGunnersYa  #FACupWinners’He was not the only high-profile player left out of the side. Matteo Guendouzi, who hasn’t played since clashing with Brighton players in the second match of Project Restart, was also dumped from the final squad. last_img read more

Cabinet not briefed about SARA’s oil blocks probe – Harmon

Cabinet not briefed about SARA’s oil blocks probe – Harmon

first_imgFormer PresidentDonald Ramotar – but does not foresee independent body investigating sameWeeks after reports surfaced that State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) has launched an investigation into the award of oil blocks to various companies, Cabinet is yet to be briefed on the matter.The probe is being conducted into the award of oil blocks under the previous Administration. In light of this development, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had called for a reputable international and independent firm to conduct these investigations, if the Government believes it is needed.However, when contacted on Monday, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon was unable to say if the request will be considered.“I won’t be able to say. As you know, SARA is an independent agency and they operate their own entity…The matter has not been dealt with at the level of Cabinet to determine how they will proceed with what they are doing,” Harmon explained.“So, I can’t say whether, in fact, that is something they are pursuing, but I think they would be in a better position to advise on what course of action,” he further added.On May 22, an article appeared in New York-based Bloomberg website, in which SARA Director Professor Clive Thomas is quoted as saying that there is a pending probe into the award of oil blocks and licenses to various companies.“We’re investigating the issuance of the licenses, for example, and the various blocks. We’re building up a case. This is an area of investigation into how the blocks were allocated and the decisions that were made.”“We’re at an investigatory stage so we can’t libel persons by saying that we found proof of anything. There’s enough evidence for us to want to continue the investigation,” Professor Thomas is quoted as saying in the article.The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has already warned that reports of such an investigation have the potential to harm the investment climate in Guyana.“It’s dangerous for our investment climate, destroys investor confidence and it creates that level of uncertainty that we don’t need right now. We haven’t produced a drop as yet. And you already want to send bad signals to the international community? It’s highly improper, irregular and totally disturbing,” Charles Ramson Jr – the Chamber’s point-person on the petroleum industry – had expressed during a recent press conference.The issue about reexamining oil contracts signed under the previous Administration comes at a time when there is a huge visiting Ghana delegation, led by their President Nana Akufo-Addo to Guyana.Ghana is currently going through a similar situation where its Government has undertaken to review and possibly revoke 12 petroleum agreements. Reports are that the reason for this exercise is because of the inadequate compliance of the firms with their obligations.In Guyana’s case, SARA is said to be investigating the award of concessions in the Canje Block offshore Guyana to JHI, Mid-Atlantic Oil and Gas, and Ratio Energy in March 2015, a few months before the national elections.JHI Associates Inc (JHI) and Mid-Atlantic Oil and Gas Inc (MOGI), in a joint statement issued recently, made it clear that when they acquired the Canje Block, it was very much a high-risk investment on their part.According to the companies, negotiations for the Canje Block began in March 2013, with the Canje Block licence itself being awarded on March 4, 2015 – before it was announced that explorer ExxonMobil struck oil.“On May 20, 2015, the Liza-1 well was announced as a ‘significant discovery’. Over 40 wells had been drilled offshore in the Guyana-Suriname Basin prior to Liza-1, and none encountered commercial quantities of oil or gas,” the joint statement had said.The companies also confirmed that despite the fact that they are in the centre of SARA’s investigation, they have not been contacted by the agency. In addition, SARA has not contacted them to request any information.“Neither company has been notified of any pending investigations into the award of the licence for the Canje Block. Both companies welcome the opportunity to discuss this matter with duly authorised agencies of the Government of Guyana at any time,” the joint statement had added.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also welcomed the probe but contended that it cannot be independently and impartially carried out by SARA.“…if the Government wants to do that, the Government should hire a solid international firm with a reputation and not have Clive Thomas do this, who is a member of their party,” Jagdeo had posited.Head of SARA, ProfessorClive ThomasDirector General of theMinistry of the PresidencyJoseph Harmonlast_img read more