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Sep 18, 2013

World judo champion Ono hit with three-month ban

World champion Shohei Ono and eight other seniors from Tenri University’s judo team were suspended for three months by the All Japan Judo Federation (AJJF) for assaulting underclass teammates Wednesday. The suspension will keep ex-captain Ono, who won the men’s 73-kg title at last ...

Sep 11, 2013

World judo champion Ono suspended for assaulting teammate

Judo put a damper on Tokyo’s Olympic euphoria as Tenri University said Wednesday a dozen students of its team, including former captain and world champion Shohei Ono, were disciplined for physically abusing underclass teammates. Ono, who won the men’s 73-kg weight class at last ...

Sep 5, 2013

Scandal-ridden Tenri University judo program suspends operations

Tenri University on Thursday announced its elite judo program will cease activities until it takes steps to prevent physical abuse. A day after the judo department head, Shozo Fujii, stepped down to take responsibility for the physical abuse of first-year students on the men’s ...

Sep 4, 2013

Tenri University judo director resigns over scandal

The director of Tenri University’s elite judo program said Wednesday that he will resign from his judo position at the university as well as with the All Japan Judo Federation following revelations of abuse at Tenri’s men’s judo team. From May through July, four ...

Aug 29, 2013

Ono captures 73-kg gold at judo worlds

Shohei Ono marked his debut at the World Judo Championships with victory in the 73-kg final to give Japan its third men’s gold medal in as many days on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Ono beat London Olympic bronze medalist Ugo Legrand of France with a ...

Ebinuma captures gold for Japan at judo worlds

Aug 28, 2013

Ebinuma captures gold for Japan at judo worlds

Masashi Ebinuma won all six of his bouts by ippon in the 66-kg division en route to giving Japan its second men’s gold medal of the judo world championships on Tuesday. The 2011 world champion put on a master class in Rio de Janeiro ...

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Aug 27, 2013

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Young judoka hopeful Naohisa Takato delivered his country’s first gold medal of the world championships on Monday. The 20-year-old took the men’s-60 kg title beating Mongolia’s Amartuvshin Dashdavaa in the final and proved the perfect riposte to a Mongolian having denied one of his ...

Aug 6, 2013

New judo chief to be chosen next week

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 ...

Jun 26, 2013

Calls for judo chief Uemura's dismissal come from council members

In a direct challenge to Haruki Uemura, the embattled All Judo Federation Chairman who insists on staying the course despite calls for him to resign, members of its regional council have proposed discussing his dismissal. The AJJF has agreed to reconvene a council meeting ...

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

Jun 25, 2013

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

Haruki Uemura, the beleaguered chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation, hinted Monday he is willing to step down from his post in the coming months after the completion of his mission to reform the scandal-tainted body. “I stated in my opening remarks to ...

May 13, 2013

Shichinohe defends over 100-kg judo title

Ryu Shichinohe vanquished Daiki Kamikawa in the men’s over 100-kg final to defend the title at the All Japan invitational weight class championships on Sunday. The 24-year-old Shichinohe, an Okinawa native whose mother hails from Belgium and father is Japanese, defeated Kamikawa by ippon ...