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Japan amateur boxing group chief hints he won't quit over scandals

JABF President Akira Yamane

TOKYO -- Japan Amateur Boxing Federation (JABF) President Akira Yamane suggested during his appearance on a TV program on Aug. 3 that he has no intention of stepping down from his post over a series of allegations hitting the organization.

"I'm not thinking about my course of action," he told a live program aired by a commercial broadcaster that morning. His comment came after the JABF was embroiled in a number of scandals including one surrounding its misuse of a grant from the Japan Sport Council (JSC).

While the JSC provided the grant in question to Daisuke Narimatsu, who competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as a lightweight boxer, the JABF allegedly split the amount into three and gave one-third each to Narimatsu and two other boxers.

"I casually thought that if the grant designated for performance enhancement is given to an athlete, it could also be given to three (including the other two boxers)," Yamane told the TV program.

In connection with the scandal, 2012 London Olympics gold medalist and World Boxing Association middleweight champion Ryota Murata recently criticized JABF officials on his Facebook account, saying, "It's time for bad, old folks to quit without a fuss."

Commenting on Murata's post, Yamane quipped, "He wouldn't have been able to take the gold medal home on his own. He's cheeky."

(Japanese original by Yuka Nakamura, Sports News Department)

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