South Korea human rights body to investigate abuse in sports
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's human rights commission plans to interview thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches.
The yearlong investigation will cover 50 sports and include children competing for elementary, middle and high schools, Park Hong-geun, an official from the National Human Rights Commission, said Wednesday.
More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her.
The announcement came amid a growing #MeToo movement in South Korea's elite sports scene, which has been notorious for a brutal training culture and highly hierarchical relationships between coaches and athletes.
Olympic judo champ Harrison set to prove she belongs in PFL
Take a stroll around New York for the holidays or grab a seat at Madison Square Garden and the promotional videos for the PFL Championship nearly rival the hype for the Rockettes: "Six weight classes, six world championship fights, plus the biggest name in women's mixed martial arts."
UFC two-division champ Amanda Nunes would surely resent that declaration.
11 Israelis take part in UAE judo competition
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel's sports minister attended an international judo competition that began Saturday in the United Arab Emirates as three Israeli players received medals and had their country's flag displayed on a screen.
It's a significant change from last year, when UAE organizers had singled Israel out with a ban on displaying its flag or playing its anthem during the tournament when one of its athletes was awarded a medal.
Judo event in Abu Dhabi reinstated after promises to Israel
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A judo competition in the United Arab Emirates has been reinstated after organizers promised equal treatment to Israeli athletes.
Loras judo instructor to hang up his black belt
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — At Loras College, there is only one sensei.
His name is Terry Smith, and for the past 57 years he has been teaching judo to any who entered his dojo. To some at the college, his status is mythical.
"He's a legend walking among us," said TJ Miller, head wrestling coach for Loras. "Everybody knows Terry."
However, after decades of teaching young adults the various throws and takedowns that comprise judo, a 100-plus-year-old Japanese martial art, Smith is calling it quits.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Hopes that the rival Koreas would march under one flag as a unified Korean team at a regional judo championship in Mongolia were dashed this weekend by a dispute over the flag.
At the center of the disagreement between the teams competing Sunday at the East Asia Judo Championship in Ulaanbaatar is how the "unification flag" depicts the Korean Peninsula.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – It appears Ronda Rousey's extensive judo background is paying dividends in her early WWE training.
The Odessa Boys Club Judo Team has been around for more than 50 years and its founder, Dale Lehman, was officially recognized for his promotion to eighth degree black belt during a recent training.
Sports Notebook: Ties takes aim at 2020 Paralympics
Rochester's Ricky Ties continues to make strides in hopes of achieving his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
The Paralympics are for athletes with disabilities. Ties, who is visually impaired, has already excelled on the world stage in para judo this year.
Israeli judoka wins gold in UAE but not under Israel flag
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Israeli judoka has won a gold medal at a competition held in Abu Dhabi, though he did not compete under the Israeli flag.
Judo Federation chastises Abu Dhabi over Israeli treatment
JERUSALEM (AP) — The International Judo Federation is demanding that the United Arab Emirates treat Israeli athletes equally after reports it is banning the Israeli flag at an upcoming contest.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is reportedly banning Israeli athletes from wearing their country's symbols on uniforms, and is singling Israel out with a ban on displaying its flag or playing its anthem.
Putin visits Hungary for judo competition, energy talks
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Hungary for the second time this year on Monday, attending the World Judo Championships in Budapest and discussing mutual energy interests with his Hungarian counterpart.
Putin, who made an official trip to Hungary in February, sat in a VIP box at the Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other officials.
VIENNA (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher of Austria was arrested in Kiev, Ukraine, on sexual assault charges on Tuesday after his whereabouts had been unknown for more than seven months.
The regional criminal court in Vienna requested Seisenbacher's extradition shortly after his arrest by Ukrainian police.
Jamie Grilho, a sophomore at Aiea High School on Oahu, took all of her three matches during the dual meet July 6 at the Hanapepe Judo Club dojo.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — A populist business tycoon and ex-judo champion was inaugurated Monday as Mongolia's new president, pledging to provide greater benefits for the county's 3 million people from their vast mineral wealth despite a slump in commodity prices that has battered the landlocked Asian nation's economy.
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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — A populist business tycoon and former judo star is poised to take down the Mongolian ruling party's candidate in a runoff election for president.
Preliminary results Saturday after most of the polling stations were counted showed Khaltmaa Battulga of the Democratic Party was leading with 50.6 percent of the vote.
The Mongolian People's Party's Miyegombo Enkhbold secured 41.2 percent.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolians will vote for a new president on Monday in a race pitting a horse salesman against a former judo star and a nationalist wanting to get more from the vast landlocked country's mineral wealth.
Summerville judo duo take home the gold in Pan-American contest in Panama City
A local judo duo took home the gold last month at the Pan-American Judo Championships in Panama City.
Dr. Lisa Capriotti, a U.S. Navy veteran, and her husband, Robert Gouthro, each won two gold medals while representing America at the event.
HANAPEPE — Hagen Barriga takes judo at the Hanapepe Judo Dojo and Saturday was an opportunity for the young boy to try wrestling, said his mother, Jocelyn Barriga who watched the action.
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Tucked away just off main street, Juniko Hyannis offers Brazilian jiujitsu classes to children and adults, creating a place on Cape Cod for lovers of this martial art.
Owner and head instructor Juliano Coutinho first found the sport while growing up in Brazil.
"Living in Brazil, it's easy to create a wrong path for yourself," said Coutinho in his white Gi, the traditional martial arts uniform. "Jiujitsu kept me focused and healthy."
PARIS (AP) — Denis Masseglia won a third consecutive term as president of the French Olympic committee on Thursday.
Masseglia was elected for another four-year mandate in the first round of voting ahead of French fencing federation president Isabelle Lamour and former Olympic judo champion David Douillet.
According to French media, Lamour immediately challenged the result, arguing that the general assembly that preceded the vote might have influenced voters to pick Masseglia.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — North Korea will no longer host the judo world junior championships because of security risks amid rising political tension with South Korea and the United States.
"At present, this situation is alarming, and the outcomes are difficult to predict," the International Judo Federation said Wednesday after talks with North Korea's sports ministry.
David Allen, co-owner of the Martial Arts Academy of Billings and owner of Auto Brokers of Montana and AA&A Auto Rental, has been selected by USA Judo to serve as emcee for its upcoming Night of Champions in Salt Lake City. The event will be held in conjunction with the USA Judo Senior National...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Although the sequel had nowhere near the drama of the original, both fights ended with Tyron Woodley's hands on the UFC welterweight belt.
Woodley retained his 170-pound title with a desultory majority decision over Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson at UFC 209 on Saturday night.
David Douillet running for French Olympic committee top job
PARIS (AP) — Former Olympic judo champion David Douillet will run for the French Olympic committee presidency later this year.
Douillet, a gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and a four-time world champion, told L'Equipe newspaper that he will challenge current president Denis Masseglia in the May election.
After retiring, Douillet embraced a political career and was briefly sports minister under former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
They met in 1998 — two kids in the marching band at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania who started to bond over late-night study sessions in a small section of the campus library.
Olympic judo champ fails to show up for sexual assault case
VIENNA (AP) — Legal authorities in Austria still had no clue on Peter Seisenbacher's whereabouts on Tuesday, a day after the two-time Olympic judo champion was supposed to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of two young girls he was coaching in the early 2000s.
The regional criminal court and state prosecution in Vienna said they haven't heard from Seisenbacher since he failed to show up for the start of his trial on Monday. The case has been adjourned.
Raw: Putin Attends Judo Demonstration in Tokyo
The Latest: Putin visits judo center in downtown Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the Kodokan Judo Institute, a judoists' mecca in downtown Tokyo, as he wrapped up his two-day visit to Japan.
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Paris Mayor and judo champion showcase 2024 bid in Doha
PARIS (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will travel to Qatar to showcase the city's 2024 hosting bid at an upcoming general assembly for The Association of National Olympic Committees.
The ANOC meeting will be held in Doha on Tuesday and Wednesday, drawing about 1,000 delegates from all 206 national Olympic committees.
David Allen, co-owner of and instructor at Martial Arts Academy of Billings and owner of Auto Brokers of Montana and AA&A Auto Rental, has been selected by the International Judo Federation, the governing body of Olympic Judo, to emcee the IJF World Veteran Judo Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event is one of the largest Judo tournaments in the world. Competitors will represent many countries from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and North America. Allen may be reached by calling 245-9055.
Rousey: UFC 207 title shot will be among her last fights
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Ronda Rousey says her bantamweight title shot against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 will be one of her final mixed martial arts bouts.
Rousey spoke about her fight Tuesday during an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.
The 29-year-old Olympic judo medalist hasn't fought since November 2015, when she lost her title to Holly Holm.
When asked how much longer she will continue fighting, Rousey replied: "Not that long."
Olympic judo champ charged with sexual assault of pupils
VIENNA (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher of Austria has been charged with sexual assaulting two young girls he was coaching in Vienna in the early 2000s.
Vienna's state prosecution service said on Wednesday that the alleged abuse took place between 1999 and 2004, when the two girls were still under 14. It said the women filed charges against their former coach in 2013.
If found guilty, the 56-year-old Seisenbacher could face a prison term of up to 10 years.
US Olympic gold hasn’t made for winning bets in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rowing, shooting and judo — the U.S. may have won big gold medals in those Olympic events but some of the most prominent Las Vegas sports books didn't even bother with them.
The bookmakers in Sin City said there's been little money and few expectations for Olympic sports wagering this year, as the games returned to the betting board after being off limits for more than a decade in Nevada.
Olympics: Egyptian Judoka Who Wouldn’t Shake Israeli’s Hand Sent Home
Sportsmanship pays off. Or at least, lack thereof costs.
That's the lesson potentially learned by Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby, who was sent home by the IOC for not shaking hands with an Israeli competitor.
IOC reprimands Egyptian who wouldn’t shake Israeli’s hand
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent's hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday.
The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a "severe reprimand" for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.
Israel basking in success in its “national sport” of judo
JERUSALEM (AP) — Forget the handshake that wasn't — Israel is delighted with something much more unusual: international athletic success.
While an Egyptian judoka's refusal to shake hands with his Israeli opponent at the Rio Olympics reverberated worldwide, in Israel the focus is on national Olympic medals — something far more novel than Middle East tensions.
The country entered the 2016 games with twice as many Nobel laureates as Olympic medalists.
Brutal techniques of ‘gentle’ judo on the rise at Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Judo translates as "the gentle way."
But after nearly a week of competition at the Rio Olympics, the meaning of the Japanese martial art seems almost paradoxical; many of the matches have ended brutally, with judo players strangling others into unconsciousness or threatening to break their opponents' arms before forcing them to surrender.
When American Kayla Harrison fought her way to history on Thursday — becoming the country's first...
Egyptian judo athlete refuses to shake Israeli’s hand
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with the Israeli who beat him.
Islam El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round heavyweight bout against Or Sasson.
With about a minute and a half left in the bout, Sasson...
Etiquette of judo integral to Japanese martial art
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Judo is a Japanese martial art that was developed in the 19th century based on principles of self-defense. Its creator, Jigoro Kano, combined elements of jiu jitsu, wrestling and karate with other styles of fighting.
The combat sport typically uses the opponent's force against him, forbids striking and is not intended to do serious damage to rivals; even the sport's most violent holds give competitors the chance to tap out.
An Egyptian judoka refused the customary post-match handshake with an Israeli competitor Friday.
Japan sweeps judo golds at Rio Olympics in middleweights
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Japan swept the judo gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday, taking the top spot in both men's and women's middleweight divisions.
Haruka Tachimoto struck gold first by defeating triple world champion Yuri Alvear in the women's 70-kilogram division.
Despite being penalized for passivity in the first minutes of the final — and a partisan crowd cheering against her — Tachimoto managed to pin Alvear to the ground for 20...
Olympics feel far for those in the infamous City of God slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It is one of Rio's most renowned favelas, the Cidade de Deus made infamous in a film that helped cement a stereotype of the other side of the "Marvelous City" that is host of the Olympic Games — one where ghettos are ruled by drug lords and baby-faced criminals shoot to kill.
The City of God of today, located mere miles from Olympic Park, is not so easily defined. It is a place of contrasts that defies oversimplification, where poverty and...
Refugee athletes from Congo find joy simply in competing
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even defeat ultimately felt like victory for Yolande Bukasa and Popole Misenga.
The two refugees, originally from Congo, competed in judo Wednesday at the Olympics, and they showed that despite losing their country and their families, their spirit remained strong.
Bukasa went out in the first round after losing to 11th-seeded Linda Bolder of Israel. Although Bukasa tried to land a strong grip on Bolder's uniform, the Israeli quickly took...
Ghana’s 1st female judoka makes history despite loss
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Hungarian-born Szandra Szogedi stepped onto the judo mat at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, she made history — for Ghana.
Szogedi became the first-ever female judoka to represent the African nation, after obtaining citizenship through her Ghanaian husband. The fight draw, however, was not kind: Szogedi's first fight was against Brazilian Mariana Silva. Szogedi and her coach knew it would be a tricky fight in front of a partisan crowd and in...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — From the favela to the top of the podium, Rafaela Silva earned Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
And to celebrate, the 24-year-old judo champion shed tears as she jumped into the exuberant crowd with a Brazilian flag wrapped around her shoulders.
"I hope my medal now will open the door for Brazil to win many more medals," Silva said.
Silva, who grew up in the country's largest slum and became the country's first...