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Refereeing Update

The International Judo Federation and the European Judo Union have introduced new rules including no attacking below the belt, thus making the sport more effective and resulting in more Ippon (full points).

The Malta Judo Federation has invited one of the top referees in the world of Judo, Maestro Massimo Sulli to update the Maltese referees and the athletes. Sulli has an extensive CV both as athlete and a referee: 1st at the 1991 Mediterranean Games and the 1986 World Military Games; 3rd at the 1991 Paris International Tournament (1 of the highest tournaments in the International circuit); 5th at the 1982 European Junior Championships, the 1988 European Championships, and the 1991 World Championships; and 9th at the 1992 Olympic Games. He was convoked by the International Judo Federation to referee at World Championships, World Masters and several other top tournaments.

The Malta Judo Federation Refereeing Director John Zammit held a short update course before Maestro Sulli conducted the seminar about the new rules. A small tournament was held in conjunction with this seminar, so that the athletes could test the new rules in action.