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Scandal-hit boxing federation chief says he will quit all positions

Akira Yamane, former president of the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation, speaks in Osaka's Kita Ward, on Aug. 8, 2018. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- Japan Amateur Boxing Federation (JABF) President Akira Yamane, who announced his intention to resign following a series of scandals including his ties with a former gang chief, told the Mainichi Shimbun on Aug. 9 that he will step down as a member of the JABF board and leave the federation.

"I will resign as president and director. Quitting those two positions means I will leave the federation," Yamane said. He announced his intention to relinquish his presidency at a press conference in Osaka on Aug. 8, but as he did not answer reporters' questions it was not clear if he would leave his post on the board and give up his federation membership.

A group comprising 333 people in the amateur boxing community has demanded that the federation expel Yamane so that he will not be able to keep his influence over the body. The group had filed a complaint against Yamane, alleging his longtime ties to a gang leader and his intervention in match officiating, among other things. Group members said they were ready to file a criminal complaint if the former president managed to maintain his power over the federation.

Yamane told a Mainichi reporter in the early hours of Aug. 9 that he did not address questions at the press conference "because my lawyer told me not to talk to the mass media."

Yamane showed two fingers to reporters in front of his house on Aug. 8, and he explained that the gesture meant he would quit both his president and director positions in an answer to questions on the issue.

(Japanese original by Tetsuji Kishi, Osaka Sports News Department)

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