March 31, 2015
TOKYO (AP) - Just when Tokyo was getting a boost in its bid to host the 2020 Olympics, a scandal has surfaced within the Japanese sporting culture and threatened to undermine the nation's hosting hopes.
Tokyo bid officials were thrilled last month when a poll showed that public support for the bid had risen to 73 percent, given that low public support had derailed the 2016 bid.
But on the same day the new figures came out, the Japan Judo Federation revealed that the head coach of the women's Olympic team, Ryuji Sonoda, had used violence against athletes at a training camp before the London Olympics.
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