Nearly 12 percent of athletes surveyed by the Japanese Olympic Committee say they have been subjected to violence or sexual harassment while competing in their respective sports.

A report released by the JOC at its executive board meeting Tuesday revealed that 11.5 percent, or 206 athletes, in a survey conducted of athletes and coaches from 57 national sports federations, admitted to being bullied in some way.

The survey, the first such poll conducted by the JOC, was triggered by the joint complaint filed in January by 15 female judoka against their then-coach, Ryuji Sonoda, for subjecting them to physical and verbal abuse. The poll was sent out to 6,909 Olympic-designated athletes and coaches in the different national sports federations, with responses received from 1,798 athletes and 1,457 coaches.