Judo chief looks to future

04 August 2012 / 14:29

Interim performance director Daniel Lascau has called on British judo to unite and build on their best Olympics for 20 years in London.

Gemma Gibbons reached the final of the women's under-78kgs on Thursday, collecting silver despite suffering a broken thumb, to end a 12-year wait for success at the Games, which was doubled when heavyweight Karina Bryant won bronze on the closing day of competition, while earlier in the week, Norfolk fighter Colin Oates had reached the last eight.

Lascau - who is keen to take the job full-time, but is also in talks over possible other opportunities within Europe - believes Britain can build a judo legacy provided everyone pulls in the same direction.

"I have to thank everybody because it is like an iceberg, we only see what is on top, not underneath," Lascau told Press Association Sport.

"There have been a lot of people in the clubs and the training centres, the medical and support staff, the coaches, the board and chairman of the association.

"Everyone together helped me on this journey."

Lascau added: "In 10 months, we have delivered an amazing performance, and I believe there is huge potential here.

"There is financial support and I think with the right people in place to lead the performance, you can also in the future deliver medals, and I hope we can deliver together.

"There are a few other federations I have discussions with also, but I told them I want to talk with the British federation first."

Lascau feels if the right balance can be struck, there is no reason why Britain cannot tap into the nation's emerging judo talent on the road towards Rio 2016.

"We have to respect the clubs and the coaches, also the training centres," he said.

"We have to speak about high performance development, which is possible in the clubs and at a few regional centres, and we need partners in the [governing] bodies.

"We have to all sit down together, look at the problems and see where we arrive.

"It should be a decision by the clubs, the training centres and the (BJA) association board, involving all the partners like the BOA (British Olympic Association) and UK Sport.

"We have to speak to Sport Scotland also, because part of the development can be done at home, but at the end of the day, we all have to train together."