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Japanese athletes cite abuse by coaches

March 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

TOKYO, March 21 (UPI) -- A survey by the Japanese Olympic Committee indicates 11.5 percent of athletes under its jurisdiction reported being abused by coaches.

The committee sent anonymous questionnaires to 6,909 coaches and athletes in its 57 sports programs -- 47.1 percent of whom responded -- and learned 206 athletes, of 1,798 respondents, considered themselves victims of either sexual or power-related harassment. Three percent of coaches admitted harassing an athlete, the Tokyo newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday.

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The athletes' responses revealed 60 cases of abuse during national team training.

When asked how often harassment took place, "several times" was chosen more than any other category, the newspaper said.

The committee board also said Thursday it voted to suspend grant money to the All Japan Judo Federation, which has been hit by scandals involving physical abuse of athletes and financial irregularities.

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