Marius Vizer, the president of the International Judo Federation, has taken umbrage at suggestions from Brian Cookson, his counterpart at cycling's UCI, that judo could be switched from the summer to the winter Olympics as part of a wider proposal to try to relieve pressure on the summer Olympic programme.
Cookson had also included track cycling in such a proposal, asking whether the International Olympic Committee should consider changing the definition of winter Olympic sports from those that are practised on snow and ice to, more simply, those that are practised in winter, in order to introduce more flexibility into the Olympic programme.
In an interview with the BBC late last month, Cookson said: "If you have a problem with summer Olympics where the whole thing is perceived as over-heated with too many facilities, too many sports, too many competitors and so on, why not look at moving some of the other sports indoors that traditionally take place in the northern hemisphere winter.
“Why not look at combat sports like judo, or other indoor sports like badminton? You could even say what about putting track cycling in the Winter Olympics?”
However, Vizer has taken offence at what he perceived as Cookson meddling in judo's Olympic future and said in a withering statement on the IJF website today: "I have always admired British humour and I can say now that certainly, the UCI president is not lacking it.
"In any case, as [a] new president of an International Federation (namely the International Cycling Union), I wish Mr. Cookson good luck and I am available anytime to support him in better understanding the world sports movement and in avoiding press communications at times when he actually does not have any message to transmit."
Vizer's sarcastic outburst comes as the two federation presidents prepare to attend meetings at SportAccord, the international sports federations organisation of which Vizer is president, in Belek, Turkey next week.
The Olympic programme is presently under review as part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 programme initiated by Thomas Bach, the new IOC president.
Neither Cookson nor Vizer are IOC members and therefore cannot take part directly in the debate. However, Bach has encouraged other interested parties to use a dedicated email address to put forward their own ideas on changes to the process for refreshing the Olympic programme.