A third-party investigative panel found 27 coaches of the All Japan Judo Federation illicitly received state-backed subsidies totaling 36.2 million yen.
The panel set up by the federation to probe the systematic misuse of subsidies said Friday that 27 of the 63 coaches had been in fact ineligible to receive them.
The figure is part of a problematic 60.55 million yen out of a total 198.7 million yen in subsidies the federation received over six years from fiscal 2007, the panel said.
The panel said it recognized the 27 coaches were considered ineligible because they either rarely made contact with the athletes they were supposed to instruct or they continued to receive subsidies even after their athletes retired.
The illicit funds were mainly used for food and drinks for athletes and for entertaining coaches of other nations, according to the report.
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