Thursday, March 28, 2013

JUDO: Unusual treatment in the land of rising sun

Japan Cuts Judo Funding 

The Japanese Olympic Committee will reduce its subsidy to the All Japan Judo Federation following allegations that one of its top coaches harassed judoka. 
Ryuji Sonoda with Kaori Matsumoto after she won gold at the London Olympics. (Getty Images)

In a statement, the JOC said it made the decision following a review of the allegations from 15 members of the national women’s team by the JOC Executive Committee and a third-party lawyer. The judoka said former head coach Ryuji Sonoda would insult and hit them during training. 

“After a thorough review, the committee concluded that serious misconduct had occurred,” the JOC said in a statement. 

The JOC added it has a “zero-tolerance policy for any action that runs counter to the principles of Olympism and will take further initiatives in order to promote the Olympic Movement.”

Japanese broadcaster NHK reports this is the first time the JOC has cut funding for a member federation. Judo is a Japanese martial art and closely linked with traditional Japanese culture. 

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