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Shigakkan University fires wrestling coach Kazuhito Sakae

Kyodo

Former Japan Wrestling Federation development director Kazuhito Sakae was officially dismissed as head coach of the Shigakkan University wrestling team, following approval by the school’s board of directors on Monday.

Sakae, who resigned from the JWF in April for power harassment of four-time Olympic wrestling champion Kaori Icho, did not attend the meeting that followed Shigakkan University president Kuniko Tanioka’s announcement at news conference on Sunday.

The team at the university, which is located in Aichi Prefecture, is a wrestling powerhouse, producing numerous world class athletes.

Icho was a member of the team along with three-time Olympic gold medalist Saori Yoshida. Sakae has also coached Rio Olympic gold medalists Eri Tosaka and Risako Kawai.

The 57-year-old issued a public apology Thursday but hinted that he did not intend to leave his post as coach despite growing calls for him to step down.