E.At first glance, it looks like a perfectly normal scene, which is found in abundance at these Olympic Games in Tokyo. A judoka in a white suit walks briskly towards the mat on which she is about to fight. Her trainer follows, carrying a bag in his right hand. Suddenly the woman stops and turns around.
The coach puts the bag down, grabs the collar of her suit with both hands, shakes it vigorously and then slaps two resounding slaps in the face with a quick right-left combination. She doesn’t fight back, looks unimpressed, shakes herself and then just walks on to the stairs to the mat. And he picks up his pocket again.
You, that is Martyna Trajdos, German fighter in Tokyo in the Nippon Budokan. He, that’s Claudiu Pusa, the national coach. Anyone who sees the scene, which has been shared and seen millions of times on the Internet, may initially be shocked by such violence. What on earth is he doing with her? What the trainer does there is expressly encouraged. Namely by Martina Trajdos.
When the 32-year-old athlete noticed the excitement in the virtual world, she spoke up via Instagram so as not to create a false impression. “As I said, this is the ritual I chose before the competition! My trainer only does what I want him to do to cheer me on! ”And she turns to all the shocked readers:“ Please don’t blame him! I need that before my fights to be awake. “
She was awake in Tokyo afterwards, but not good enough to win her fight. In the weight class up to 63 kilograms, the Hamburg woman lost to her Hungarian opponent Szofi Ozbas in the first fight on Tuesday. Olympia is over faster than you would like. “It was probably not hard enough,” wrote Martyna Trajdos sarcastically, referring to the special “warm-up program” and expressed her disappointment: “I wish I could have provided a different headline.”
The judo world association IJF was not so relaxed and issued a warning against a German trainer on Wednesday without explicitly mentioning Trajdos, Pusa or the scene from the competitions on Tuesday. The IJF reprimanded the coach for his “bad behavior during the competition”, as it communicated via Twitter and also emphasized the statement that judo is an “educational sport and as such can be such behavior that violates the moral code in judo, do not tolerate “. The association provided the tweet with the hashtag respect.
Other Germans are still there and hope for more. Eduard Trippel is in the semi-finals and fights for the first medal for the German Judo Association in Tokyo. The 24-year-old from Rüsselsheim prevailed on Wednesday with a strong performance in the quarter-finals against world number three Krisztian Toth from Hungary. At his Olympic premiere, Trippel won the fight in the Golden Score by Waza-ari. In the semifinals of the class up to 90 kilograms he will now fight against the Turk Mihael Zgank in the late afternoon (local time) in the Nippon Budokan. With a win, the world number 15 would have. Silver and thus the first German judo medal of the games for sure.
Giovanna Scoccimarro worked her way through the hope round into the bronze fight and there she has the chance to win the longed-for medal for the German Judo Association. The 23-year-old from Wolfsburg prevailed against Elisavet Teltsidou from Greece on Wednesday. Scoccimarro won the fight only after 2:42 minutes in overtime by Ippon. Previously, the world number ninth had missed the semi-finals due to a quarter-final defeat against the Japanese favorite Chizuru Arai in the weight class up to 70 kilograms.