Child athletes in Japan have suffered physical, verbal and sexual abuse while participating in sport activities, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.
Released on Monday, the 67-page report (PDF) documented the experiences of more than 800 athletes in 50 sports, including first-hand accounts from athletes being choked, whipped with whistles or racquets and sexually harassed.
The damning publication came in the week that would have marked the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic.
The Games have now been postponed to next year. (Aljazeera)