Judo chief to quit early over abuse, fund fiasco

Kyodo

All Japan Judo Federation Chairman Haruki Uemura announced during an extraordinary board meeting Tuesday that he will resign in August over the physical abuse meted out by coaches and the misuse of funds.

Vice Chairmen Hiroaki Fujita and Nobuyuki Sato, Secretary-General Koshi Onozawa and chief secretariat Kiyoshi Murakami will also step down.

Uemura will leave his post as soon as a successor is found.

The federation is moving to clean house after it was urged by the government to reorganize management by the end of August. One federation official said Uemura had to vow by Tuesday that he would quit soon in order to meet the official deadline.

The ¥60.55 million in funds — from the soccer lottery toto — that were used inappropriately will also be returned.

Last month, Uemura said he planned to resign in October, insisting on staying on until he finished reforming the scandal-tainted governing body.

Uemura was already clinging to his position after the abuse scandal in January led to the resignation of the women’s team head coach.