Besides the abuse on female judokas, another incident of violence in judo was reported at Tenri University in Nara Prefecture. Four of its senior students have caused harm to ten freshmen, with one of the victims left with a ruptured eardrum. Incidents of physical abuse are believed to have occurred during the second quarter of the year.
The four male senior students admitted hitting the freshmen on their face back in May during a practice session, which involved 28 of the younger students and two other seniors. The ten freshmen were also scolded because they “lacked spirit during practice.” The judo club at the university is famous for producing world and Olympic champions. Shohei Ono, a senior at Tenri University, won first place for the Lightweight (73-kg) Division, held on August 28, at the World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro. According to the university, Ono was also present during the practice session in May but they did not confirm the captain’s involvement.
Professor Shozo Fujii, the university’s judo club head, took the director’s post of All Japan Judo Federation on August 21. Although aware of the incident, Fujii did not report what happened to the federation. The senior students are said to have apologized to the freshmen, and already received disciplinary actions from the university, which also considers suspending the four senior students. Fujii will be stepping down from his post and has sent his resignation letter to the federation.
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