I was just looking at www.ippon.org and the winners of at the world championships at the moment and just realised how varied the winners are in international judo. I've never seen such a broad spread of countries sharing the medals in a sport before. Previously i thought it would be dominated by the japanese but the eastern europeans have done awesomely, europe is well represented, asia has had it's fair share and south america has done good. North American didn't do so good this time. i think the only continents that were really lacking were Africa, india and pakistan. I'm not sure why they don't compete, maybe its never been established there and just didn't take off. I know many of the Arab countries have problems with women competing. Apart from that practically every other country is registered, some more than others. I think people underestimate how competitive judo is on the world scale but my eyes have been opened. is there any one sport (individual) that is diverse as judo?