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Japan women’s judo coach to quit after abuse claims

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The judo coach who took Japan's women to the London Olympics said Thursday he was resigning after allegations that he beat his athletes with bamboo swords. 

Japanese women's judo head coach Ryuji Sonoda (right) at the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 31, 2012. Sonoda said he would resign after allegations that he beat his athletes with bamboo swords.

Ryuji Sonoda offered an apology and a deep bow at a press conference. He said the claims made by a 15-strong group of judokas of physical punishment, including face-slapping, were "more or less true".

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