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Ex-judo gold medalist Yamashita selected to spearhead efforts to end abuse

Kyodo

Former Olympic gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita will assume the responsibility for eradicating abuse within the All Japan Judo Federation, the body decided Tuesday.

At an extraordinary session of the federation’s board of directors, Yamashita was appointed to take charge of the federation’s “declaration to eradicate abuse.” The declaration followed the recommendation of a third-party investigation that came on the heels of alleged physical and verbal abuse by coaches for the national women’s team.

Federation chairman Haruki Uemura will retain his position, while leading a “reform and reform-implementation project.”

The third-party investigating body also looked into the misuse of subsidies from the Japan Sports Council.

On Tuesday, JSC director Makoto Fujiwara indicated its subsidies to federation coaches will be suspended for fiscal 2013 until the investigating body releases its findings. The Japan Olympic Committee is also considering withdrawing its subsidies to the judo federation in the wake of the abuse scandal.

The JSC will also examine whether other sports bodies also misused its subsidies.