A survey made by the All Japan newsese Olympic Committee showed on Tuesday that more than 10 percent of the All Japan newsese athletes had been victims of violence, bullying and harassment coming mostly from their coaches.
The JOC survey was made after All Japan news stopped financing its judo federation following an investigation into the alleged physical abuse of female athletes. The results of the investigation showed evidence of serious misconduct of coaches.
“We all have to recognise that we must move toward eradicating this (violence),” JOC director Tsuyoshi Fukui said.
“We have to accept that these results from the survey are extremely serious.”
About 11.5 percent, or 206 of the 1,798 athletes who responded to the survey said they had been the victims of bullying, according to the international press, while 43 of the 1,457 surveyed coaches said they used different forms of violence towards athletes.
The survey was sent out to 6,909 Olympic designated athletes and coaches in 57 national federations.
JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda said that cutting funding to the All Japan newsese judo federation was supposed to be a clear message that violence will not be tolerated.
“Withholding the funds is a harsh but appropriate measure,” Takeda said. “As the JOC we want to instruct them so that such acts of violence never occur again. It is unfortunate that (the survey results show) there existed these actual cases.”