Japanese athletes suffered abuse, says Human Rights Watch report

The IOC responded to the Human Rights Watch report and called for “respect for everyone in sport”

Young athletes in Japan have suffered physical, verbal and sexual abuse during training, a report by Human Rights Watch says.

The report, recording the experiences of more than 800 athletes in 50 sports, comes in the week that would have marked the start of the Tokyo Olympics.

“The abuses include punching, slapping and excessive or insufficient food and water,” said HRW’s Minky Worden.

The Japanese Olympic Committee has been contacted for a response to the report.

The Japan Sports Council, also mentioned by HRW, has also been contacted.

In 2013, the JOC promised to take steps to eradicate abuse among its sports federations