This week I am in Istanbul at the European Judo Union Championships where, along with other things, I am attending the EJU Research Symposium.
I am presenting a poster on the research I have been conducting on a different way of ranking Judo athletes who compete on the world circuit. Below is the poster:
The summary of the research was very clearly summarised by Dr. AnnMaria DeMars on Twitter as being:
“Getting 3rd on a bye & 1 win != beating the current world & European champs to get 3rd”
The system I am experimenting is based on the Elo system that is used in Chess and various other sports. The concept being that we award ranking points to athletes based on who they beat on a match by match basis as opposed to awarding points based on what position in the medal table they reach.
I am really hoping to get some great constructive criticism from the european Judo research community as I hope to present the research at the IAJR Symposium in Paris later this year.