Feb 2, 2013

Women's judo coach resigns over abuse of athletes

Ryuji Sonoda, head coach of the national women’s judo team, submitted his letter of resignation Friday to the All Japan Judo Federation to take responsibility for physically abusing team members during practice. The federation initially had planned to simply reprimand Sonoda and retain him ...

Feb 1, 2013

End the abuse of athletes

Fifteen of Japan's top female judo athletes, including Olympic contenders, should be praised for standing up against coaching violence and harassment.

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

Feb 1, 2013

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

Women’s judo coach Ryuji Sonoda announced Thursday that he plans to resign in light of allegations that he physically abused members of the Olympic team during training. “It will be difficult for me to go any further with the training of the team,” Sonoda ...

Zaccheroni shocked at judo scandal

Feb 1, 2013

Zaccheroni shocked at judo scandal

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has spoken of his shock upon learning that 15 top female judo wrestlers, some of them London Olympians, were slapped, beaten with wooden swords and told to “die” by their head coach Ryuji Sonoda. News of the scandal broke Tuesday ...