Wrestling body recognizes harassment of Olympian

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The head of the Japan Wrestling Federation’s training headquarters has abused his power against four-time Olympic gold medalist Kaori Icho, the federation said Friday, releasing the results of an investigation by a third-party panel.

The panel, made up of three lawyers, concluded that Kazuhito Sakae, the chief trainer, harassed Icho partly by using abusive languages against her, according to the federation.

Sakae was a former coach of the female wrestler, who at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games became the first woman to capture gold medals in four straight Olympics in any individual event.

Sakae resigned from the post of chief trainer on Friday.

The panel examined Sakae’s remarks and behavior in the period after the 2008 Beijing Olympics and until last month, and recognized four cases of such harassment.

In one of the four cases, Sakae told Icho during a training camp in February 2010, “How dare you wrestle in front of me,” according to the panel.

Sakae stoppped mentoring Icho after the Beijing Games.Speech

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