Austria done with Marko Spittka
Austrian headcoach Marko Spittka is no longer head coach. The German trainer was dismissed from all his tasks per 1 August evening after a board meeting of the Austrian Federation.
With 24 days for the World Championships this leaves a giant gap in the coaching staff. The OEJV is trying for a temporary solution as it is not expected that a long term solution will be possible in this short time. With less than a year to go for the Olympic Games the need is high.
The reason for the decision are problems in the women's team. Europe’s judoka of the year in 1997 was successful building up a stable women’s team, but never won gold at the biggest tournaments, despite 16 World Tour medals.
Patrick Rusch is men’s coach in Austria and rose from junior to men's head coach, just like Spittka. Five women are qualified for the World Championships in Tokyo.
WORLD RANKING LIST MEN
- SURNAME, Name
- 1. RUS Mshvidobadze, Robert 6295
- 2. JPN Takato, Naohisa 5900
- 3. GEO Papinashvili, Amiran 5551
- 4. JPN Nagayama, Ryuju 5510
- 5. KAZ Smetov, Yeldos 4821
- 6. MGL Dashdavaa, Amartuvshin 4253
- 7. UZB Lutfillaev, Sharafuddin 3752
- 8. ESP Garrigós, Francisco 3594
- 9. GEO Chkhvimiani, Lukhumi 3505
- 10. BRA Takabatake, Eric 3340
WORLD RANKING LIST WOMEN
- SURNAME, Name
- 1. FRA Agbegnenou, Clarisse 8150
- 2. SLO Trstenjak, Tina 6090
- 3. JPN Tashiro, Miku 6050
- 4. JPN Nabekura, Nami 5020
- 5. NED Franssen, Juul 4953
- 6. SLO Leski, Andreja 4505
- 7. GER Trajdos, Martyna 4483
- 8. NED Vermeer, Sanne 3632
- 9. CAN Beauchemin-Pinard, Catherine 3631
- 10. CUB Del Toro Carvajal, Maylin 3460