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Coach claims wrestling director's power harassment of champion Icho occurred daily

Kaori Icho (Mainichi)

A coach of Olympic champion Kaori Icho alleges that power harassment by Japan Wrestling Federation development director Kazuhito Sakae against the four-time gold medalist took place on a daily basis, an interview by the Cabinet Office revealed on March 12.

Nippon Sport Science University coach Chikara Tanabe, 42, who accused Sakae, 57, of interfering with his training of Icho, and a 51-year old former male wrestler for the Japanese national team, who testified on the content of the harassment in a complaint submitted to the Cabinet Office, were interviewed for three hours and two hours, respectively, as part of an investigation into the allegations.

Yoshinori Sadatomo, a legal representative for Icho's coach and others, who submitted the complaint to the Public Interest Commission of the Cabinet Office, accompanied the two men when they were interviewed on March 12, and released a brief written overview of the interviews on March 13.

Icho was questioned on March 13 by the Cabinet Office over the accusations, her employer ALSOK revealed the same day.

ALSOK, a security company, didn't offer any further details so as not to affect "fair judgment" on the matter.

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