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Japanese Women's Judo Coach Resigns Over Claims He Abused Athletes
Published February 4, 2013
DAMAGE CONTROL: The Japanese Olympic Committee said that it found the behavior by Sonoda "most regrettable." A JOC statement read, "Violence has no place in sport and directly contradicts the values of the Olympic Movement." The JOC also announced following an emergency board meeting Thursday that it will launch an investigation by board members and a third-party lawyer to review all facts in the case. The JOC will also conduct separate investigations for each national sport federation to confirm that similar misconduct has not occurred (JOC). The AFP reported JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda had "ordered swift action to avoid any contamination" of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympics. Takeda said, "We will be trying to restore public trust in sport and work to prevent the (Olympic) bid from being affected" (AFP, 2/2).