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New judo chief to be chosen next week

Kyodo

The All Japan Judo Federation said Tuesday it will select its new chairman at an extraordinary board meeting next week.

Chairman Haruki Uemura last week announced his intention to resign by the end of the month to take responsibility for the physical abuse of coaches and the misuse of funds.

The government has given the federation until the end of August to reorganize its management. Next week’s meeting is set for Aug. 14.

The new chairman is expected to be brought in from outside the federation.

“We feel the 14th is the time limit,” chief press officer Hiromasa Uno said.