Japan Amateur Boxing Head Resigns over Scandals

Sports Society

Osaka, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--Amid subsidy and other scandals, Japan Amateur Boxing Federation head Akira Yamane announced his resignation on Wednesday.

"I resign today," Yamane, 78, told a press conference in Osaka. "As the chairman of the group, I feel sorry for athletes about the problems," he said.

But he did not elaborate on the reason for his resignation or give explanations about alleged irregularities including unfair fight-decisions, and left the conference room without accepting questions from reporters.

The scandals came to light after a group of 333 people including executives of the federation submitted a complaint against Yamane to the Japan Olympic Committee and other bodies.

Yamane has accepted the allegation of misappropriating a Japan Sport Council subsidy provided to a 2016 Olympic boxer but denied influence over recent dubious fight-decisions.

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