Judobond back on track: judo talents need to go back to the clubs

Mud was thrown back and forth, sports umbrella organisation NOC*NSF threatened to intervene, but in the end, after a decisive federation meeting at Judobond Nederland, the faces are back on the same footing. The board was given the green light on Monday evening to continue with the controversial talent development plan.

In this plan, talented judokas are no longer prepared for the big work at a regional training centre, but at their own club. Actually as the situation was before 2016. The juniors aged between 18 and 21 will continue to live and train at sports centre Papendal.

Problems of power

The programme in Papendal has been criticised right from the start. It was clear that something had to change. Things went wrong when the Federal Board informed the Federal Council, an influential body within the judo, too late about the new plans.

A tumultuous meeting followed at the beginning of July. Three of the five board members resigned. And part of the federal council wanted veteran Frans Hoogendijk as interim chairman. A proposal which, according to the board of the union, was not possible at all. What followed was a fight, not on the tatami, but in various app-groups and in e-mails.

However, part of the Federal Council decided to discuss the content of the top sports plan, so that it could be submitted to the NOC*NSF before 1 October, with a few adjustments. This is important, because the sports umbrella organisation currently pays 75% of JBNs top sports budget. That amounts to some EUR 1.7 million this year.

Board

In the meantime, the board of the Judo Association is not yet complete. The election of new board members will take place at the end of November. The new top-level sports plan is due to take effect in the coming year.