Worldwide 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 baby athletes in Japan typically endure bodily and verbal abuse and generally sexual abuse throughout coaching after documenting the experiences of over 800 athletes in 50 sports activities.
The IOC stated in a press release on Thursday that Bach had held a teleconference with JOC chief Yasuhiro Yamashita to debate what modifications have and shall be made. “Each Presidents burdened the willpower of their organisations to struggle in opposition to any type of abuse,” the IOC stated.
The report, titled “I Was Hit So Many Occasions I Can’t Rely”, 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 season Olympic Video games in Tokyo this yr.
The Video games, nevertheless, have now been postponed till 2021 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout their dialogue, Yamashita burdened the completely different measures taken by Japanese sport to attempt to stop abuse.
In 2013, the JOC promised to take steps to wipe out violence amongst its sports activities federations after an inside 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 isn’t sufficient.
“In gentle of incidents up to now, numerous efforts have been made to eradicate abuse within the sport world,” the JOC stated in their very own assertion on Thursday.
“Along with every NF (Nationwide Sporting Federation) and different related our bodies, the JOC will repeatedly exert the utmost effort to revert to the basic understanding of wiping abuse from elite sports activities actions.”