The investigating panel tasked to look into a very controversial sporting scandal in Japan presented their report yesterday to President of the All Japan Judo Federation (AJJF) Haruki Uemura, which included a number of proposals for possible reforms. The panel interviewed 20 people connected with the issue to be able to complete the recommendations, which are set to be discussed at a board meeting by AJJF next week.
The primary proposal made is the appointment of a female official to the AJJF board of directors, as well as co-opting a judo outsider into a senior role. It was also recommended that coaching guidelines be drawn up, with a goal of eradicating physical abuse from judo, so that the overall system of athlete development can improve. The panel’s head, former prosecutor general Haruo Kasama said, “We hope this will be an opportunity for organisational improvements in the judo federation.”
The scandal came about in January when a group of female judokas, members of the national team—some of whom were in London 2012 to compete—filed a complaint before the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) against their head coach Ryuji Sonoda, who inflicted physical punishment on them as part of their training. Sonoda admitted that the allegations were “more or less true,” apologized, and has since then resigned from his post.
[via Inside the Games]
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