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Punch sparks call for IJF inquiry

GUANGZHOU, China (Kyodo) Haruki Uemura, the head of the All Japan Judo Federation, said Monday he will ask judo’s world governing body to look into Sunday’s 63-kg semifinal match between Yoshie Ueno and North Korea’s Kim Su Gyong at the Asian Games after an apparent punch left Ueno with a heavily bruised left eye.

Kim appeared to punch Ueno, who went on to win the gold medal, more than once just after the semifinal. Ueno was diagnosed with a bruising but no damage to the bone late Sunday at a clinic in the athletes’ village.

“Obviously she was punched at least three times,” said Uemura, adding he planned to send a document calling the International Judo Federation to look into the incident. He will also send a video of the semifinal match at Huagong Stadium.