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Panel to probe allegations of refereeing intervention, subsidy abuse by ex-boxing chief

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

TOKYO -- The Japan Amateur Boxing Federation (JABF) announced on Aug. 20 that it has set up a third-party panel to investigate allegations of intervention into refereeing and misuse of subsidies by former chief Akira Yamane and other problems.

The panel will report the results of its probe and measures to improve governance at the federation by Sept. 28 to the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the Japan Sport Association.

The four-member panel is manned by Go Kajitani, a former chairman of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, two other lawyers, as well as Yoshiaki Oba, a former detective at the Metropolitan Police Department.

A complaint has been filed with the Japan Sports Agency and the JOC against Yamane and the JABF by more than 330 members of the amateur boxing community in Japan who alleged that the former federation chief misappropriated public subsidies and intervened in refereeing in favor of boxers from his home prefecture of Nara in western Japan.

(Japanese original by Kazuhiro Tahara, Sports News Department)

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