The IJF announced this week that it is becoming complacent about kimonos at competitions. New regulations introduced a few months ago have led to many changes in the kimono worn by athletes. With the stricter standards, kimono suppliers have had difficulty in meeting the IJF’s requirements. The IJF decided to introduce a new standard for kimonos, which was to be used in all competitions. The IJF decided to relax its restrictions while suppliers produced kimonos that met the rules.
Find out the IJF statement
“In view of the difficulties encountered by manufacturers in providing delegations with judogi that comply with the new rules, we would like to inform you that we are relaxing the application of these rules during the tolerance period until 1 January 2023.
During this period, the IFJ controllers will apply the rules sent on 11 January 2022. However, with regard to the two planned modifications (crossing of the lapels (25cm), and length of the jacket (plus 5 to 10cm), the non-conformity will be noted but will not lead to the change of judogi. Irregularities will however be notified and forwarded to the National Federation for information.
Reminder: as defined in the previous regulation, the jacket covers the entire buttocks and the crossing points of the jacket cuffs above the waist are more than 20cm apart.”
We are official suppliers to the IJF, so this decision also affected us. Fighting Films is a partner of many international athletes. During these tournaments, they have noticed that all suppliers have difficulties to respect the standards.
Faced with this decision, we are studying the possibilities for our future kimonos to be 100% compliant. However, your Superstar 750 IJF judo kimonos will be allowed to compete until January 1st 2023.
For more information on the IJF standards already in force please visit the International Judo Federation website. Or on our article dedicated to the new standards on judo kimonos in 2022.
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