JOC Asks IOC To Re-Investigate Hammer Thrower's Violations
The Japanese Olympic Committee has asked the IOC to "re-investigate its decision to void hammer thrower Koji Murofushi's election to the IOC Athletes' Commission," according to KYODO. Murofushi, a Bronze Medalist at the London Games, garnered enough votes to gain election to the Athletes' Commission, but the IOC "refused to accept his election, claiming he had violated election rules at the Games." The JOC believes the IOC "made a mistake in its decision." The IOC said that Murofushi "campaigned for election in areas off limits to election activities." JOC Board Member Yoshiji Nogami said, "Some parts (of the response) were half-baked. There's a big difference between having a conversation and campaigning for election" (KYODO, 8/18).