International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has held discussions together with his counterpart on the Japanese Olympic Committee about eradicating abuse inside Japanese sport following a damning report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) final month. The HRW report discovered youngster athletes in Japan usually endure bodily and verbal abuse and typically sexual abuse throughout coaching after documenting the experiences of over 800 athletes in 50 sports activities.
The IOC stated in an announcement on Thursday that Bach had held a teleconference with JOC chief Yasuhiro Yamashita to discuss what modifications have and shall 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 included first-hand accounts from athletes.
The timing of the HRW’s report is especially poignant as Japan was anticipating to be holding the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this yr.
The Games, nonetheless, have now been postponed till 2021 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
During their dialogue, Yamashita pressured the totally different measures taken by Japanese sport to attempt to forestall abuse.
In 2013, the JOC promised to take steps to wipe out violence amongst its sports activities federations after an inner survey revealed greater than 10% of its athletes had been victims 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 assertion 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.”