International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has held discussions along with his counterpart on the Japanese Olympic Committee about eradicating abuse inside Japanese sport following a damning report via Human Rights Watch (HRW) closing month. The HRW report discovered kid athletes in Japan incessantly endure bodily and verbal abuse and occasionally sexual abuse all over coaching after documenting the stories of over 800 athletes in 50 sports activities.
The IOC stated in a commentary on Thursday that Bach had held a teleconference with JOC leader Yasuhiro Yamashita to discuss what adjustments have and will probably be made. “Both Presidents stressed the determination of their organisations to fight against any form of abuse,” the IOC stated.
The report, titled “I Was Hit So Many Times I Can’t Count”, checked out Japan’s historical past of bodily punishment in sport and incorporated first-hand accounts from athletes.
The timing of the HRW’s report is especially poignant as Japan was once anticipating to be retaining the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this yr.
The Games, on the other hand, have now been postponed till 2021 on account of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
During their dialogue, Yamashita wired the other measures taken via Japanese sport to check out to forestall abuse.
In 2013, the JOC promised to take steps to wipe out violence amongst its sports activities federations after an inside survey printed greater than 10% of its athletes were sufferers of bullying or harassment.
Since then, a brand new governance code for sports activities organisations has been established in Japan, however the HRW says it’s not sufficient.
“In light of incidents in the past, various efforts have been made to eliminate abuse in the sport world,” the JOC stated in their very own commentary on Thursday.
“Together with each NF (National Sporting Federation) and other relevant bodies, the JOC will continuously exert the utmost effort to revert to the fundamental understanding of wiping abuse from elite sports activities.”