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Combat Sports Report for Nov. 9th - WTF Gets Peace Award Nom

Collin Van Ooyen / November 8, 2012 - 11:57pm

Judo Canada Mourns Serge A. Piquette

Canada’s judo community is in mourning this week with the recent passing of hall-of-famer Serge Piquette. The sixth-degree judoka served as president of Judo Quebec in the 80’s before moving on to becoming treasurer of Judo Canada, and later to a prolific career as a broadcaster, covering the Olympic Games from 1976 to 2004. Piquette is hailed as one of the most important builders of the sport in Canada, and was inducted to the Judo Canada Hall of Fame earlier this year for his contributions. According to JudoCanada.org, “The funeral for Mr. Piquette will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the Cathédrale St-Jean L’Évangéliste (215, rue Longueuil, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, J3B 6P6). Friends and family are invited to join at 1:00 pm. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm. A small reception will follow.” He will be sorely missed.

WTF Nominated For Peace and Sport Award

The World Taekwondo Federation has been recognized for their WTF Peace Corps initiative by being nominated as the International Sports Federation Of The Year award at the Peace and Sport International forum in Sochi, Russia. The initiative is aimed at “teach(ing) understanding and friendship to the youth of the world through taekwondo training while, simultaneously, encouraging cultural exchange and bonds between different corners of the world,” according to an official statement from Chungwon Choue, WTF president and founder of the WTF Peace Corps. “It is a real honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” he continued. The next phase in the crops’ development is to establish national and local branches around the globe.

Japan Names New Judo Coach

After a disappointing London Olympic Games that saw the Japanese judo squad shut out in the gold medal count for the first time in history, the All-Japan Judo Federation has announced a coaching change. The AJJF had previously stated that now-deposed coach Shinichi Shinohara would be kept on through to the 2016 Games, but was let go after a string of post-Olympic losses. Kosei Inoue, who was an Olympic gold medalist in the 100 kg division at the 2000 Sydney Games, will now take the reins of a program that is still an international powerhouse, but has been floundering while rival nations such as Russia and Brazil have continued to improve. Inoue’s new position with the team is expected to be formally announced next Monday.

Massive New Shaolin Temple Set for Construction in Australia

A proposed new Shaolin temple in Falls Creek, Australia could become a major centre of tourism and economic stimulus, according to developers. The $360 million complex will feature a massive temple, golf course, four-star hotel, kung fu academy, educational facility and 300 residential lots.  It’s believed that the development could drum up as many as 1300 new jobs and draw over 300,000 tourists per year. The deal currently awaits development approval from state government.

NCAA Wrestling Quick Hits

In an inter-state battle, 17th-ranked Central Michigan was able to pull off an upset against rivals Michigan University on Tuesday night, with a 21-16 final in their season opener. Heavyweight Jaro Trice, ranked fourth in the nation, scored an escape and a takedown late in his match against freshman Justin Dozier to score a 4-0 win and secure the huge come-from-behind upset victory.

Having not face a nationally-ranked program in eight years, 29th-ranked Central College took out 19th-ranked St-Olaf with a convincing 27-11 victory. Central scored the bulk of their points early on from a pair of freshmen, Aaron Anderson, and Jon Heffner. “Anytime you compete your first time in college, there will be a little bit of nerves, but they handled it well,” said Central coach Eric Van Kley after the win. The Central Dutch had their last win against a nationally ranked opponent way back in 2004 against 25th-ranked Buena Vista.

Upcoming Events

November 8-11 – Judo – 4th Grand Masters World Championships – Miami/Doral, FL, USA

November 10 – Kickboxing – Superkombat World GP Final Elimination – Craiova, Romania

November 10-11 – Taekwondo – Swiss Open – Lausanne, Switzerland

November 16-17 – Judo – IJF World Cup – Apia, AS

November 22 – Taekwondo – World Para-Taekwondo Championships – Santa Cruz, Aruba

November 27-28 – Judo – IJF World Team Championships – Salvador, Brazil

December 1-2 – Taekwondo – 2012 Oceania TKD Championships – Gold Coast, Australia

December 1-2 – Judo – IJF Tokyo Grand Slam – Tokyo, Japan

December 6-7 Judo – IJF World Cup – Jeju, Korea

December 6-9 – Taekwondo – 7th World TKD Poomsae Championsips – Tunja, Colombia

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