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Japan says coach used violence

Updated: January 30, 2013, 7:25 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japan's judo federation says head coach Ryuji Sonoda used violence against athletes at a training camp before the London Olympics.

The federation's confirmation Wednesday of Sonoda's actions comes a day after it was revealed 15 female judo wrestlers had sent a letter to the Japanese Olympic Committee at the end of 2012 complaining they had been subjected to harassment and physical violence by Sonoda at a pre-Olympic training camp, Kyodo news agency reported.

"If that is true, ...

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