Judo: Sonoda browbeat judoka after she reported abuse
Yomiuri -- Feb 07
Ryuji Sonoda, former head coach of the national women's judo team, browbeat a judoka last October after she reported to the All Japan Judo Federation that he was physically violent toward her, it has been learned.
Sonoda resigned this month after 15 members of the judo team sent a letter of complaint to the Japanese Olympic Committee in December.
According to sources close to the federation, Sonoda told the first woman to accuse him of acting violently, "I heard you were blabbing about things you should've kept quiet about."
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