Japan's female Olympic judo athletes were beaten with bamboo swords and slapped by their coaches, officials said Wednesday, weeks after a schoolboy's suicide sparked anguished debate over corporal punishment.
Japanese women's judo head coach Ryuji Sonoda (R) is pictured at the London Olympics on July 31, 2012. A 15-strong group of judokas complained to the Japanese Olympic Committee last month that they were beaten by Sonoda.
A 15-strong group of judokas complained to the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) last month that they had been subjected to physical punishment by the team's head coach.
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