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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

CAP OFF A WEDNESDAY WITH SOME JUDO WORLD CUP.

Thanks to internet video, we can all enjoy matches and tournaments that, heretofore, were impossible to see.  In the old days, sports that weren’t popular in America, like Judo, were virtually inaccessible to fans.  For example, I remember the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where a scant 10 minutes or so of American television time were devoted to showing the Judo gold medal matches.  Ten minutes!  On Japanese TV during the Olympics, it was more like 10 days were devoted to Jigoro Kano’s sport. 

Luckily, for us fans, things are different now.  We can enjoy hour up on hour of pretty much any large grappling match, as someone will always put it on the ‘net.  With that, take a look at this match from the 2011 World Cup in Tbilisi.  Even a few years ago, Judo fans in America would never have gotten the chance to see a short bout between Georgia and Belarus.  Technology is a wonderful thing. 

1 comment:

  1. Yet they show the National Spelling Bee on ESPN...

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