JOC cuts funding to judo program
The Japanese Olympic Committee has cut funding for the All Japan Judo Federation and ordered it to take preventive measures as punishment for coaches’ abusive training of female judokas.
The JOC says on Tuesday it cancelled a $2.6 million annual subsidy for the federation. The JOC directive also included a ban on violent coaching, more transparency in team selections and increased hiring of female coaches.
The issue surfaced after 15 female judokas accused former national coaches of harassment and physical violence during training before the London Olympics.
The JOC aims to eliminate similar abuses as Tokyo vies to host the 2020 Games.
Corporal punishment in Japanese sports has come under the spotlight since a Japanese high school student committed suicide in December after repeated beatings by his basketball coach.