Judo chief Uemura vows to stay on

Kyodo

Haruki Uemura, the embattled chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation, said Tuesday he will continue in his post and vowed to complete his mission to reform the scandal-plagued body.

“Now more than ever during these troubled times it is my mission to make proper reforms,” Uemura told a news conference that followed the federation’s executive board meeting.

“I won’t be clinging onto this job. I will think about (resignation) after I have sorted out the problems (at the federation) and feel I can pass the baton on.”

After receiving a damning report from a third-party investigation into misappropriation of funds at the end of April, Uemura previously said he would resign by the June 11 meeting of the federation’s board of directors.