Japan’s judo federation has apologised to the country’s top female judokas, including Olympic athletes, after admitting its head coach physically abused them.
The scandal came to light when 15 of Japan’s top women judokas wrote to the country’s Olympic committee, accusing head coach Ryuki Sonoda of physically abusing them.
It’s alleged that Sonoda swore at them, slapped them, and struck them with bamboo swords.
Others say they were forced to compete even though they were injured.
Kyodo News said Sonoda did not deny the allegations when asked by reporters.
“Until now I have been doing things the way I saw fit, but I will mend the things that need fixing,” it quoted him as saying.
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