Japanese Olympic Committee releases violence in sport statement
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
February 8 – The Japanese Olympic Committee has released a statement regarding initiatives to prevent violence in sport. Thirty-one Olympic national sport federations had representatives interviewed by the JOC, as part of its new initiative to eliminate violence in sport. No incidents of violence or harassment were reported, the statement said.
To ensure that violence has no place in sport, the JOC will continue to conduct investigations with top athletes and coaches. The JOC will also discuss the means to enhance the qualities of coaching and to reaffirm the absolute importance of government in 57 national sport federations.
“The JOC will take all necessary steps to protect the dignity of athletes and sport in Japan,” the statement said. “Under the strong leadership of President Tsunekazu Takeda, the JOC will work with the national sport federations to implement organisational improvements. This includes strengthening rules and regulations and establishing permanent confidential hotlines to eliminate violence in sport.”
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