Japanese judo federation appoints Shoji Muneoka as new chairman following abuse scandal
TOKYO (AP) — The Japan Judo Federation has appointed Shoji Muneoka as its new chairman after Haruki Uemura resigned following a series of scandals.
The 67-year-old Muneoka was given the role Wednesday, a week after Uemura stepped down to take responsibility for revelations in January that the head coach of the women's team used violence against athletes at a training camp before the London Olympics.
A report in April on the mismanagement of funds within the federation also increased the pressure on Uemura to step down.
Ryuji Sonoda, the former head coach of the women's team, quit in February after it was revealed he slapped athletes and used abusive language during training sessions.
Judo became an official Olympic sport at the 1964 Tokyo Games.