Japanese Olympian Claims Power Harassment by National Gymnastics Body

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Tokyo, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Olympic gymnast Sae Miyakawa has claimed that she suffered power harassment by the Japan Gymnastics Association, while complaining that the association's punishment on her coach for violence toward her was too severe.

"I felt that the association was trying to separate me and my coach," Miyakawa, 18, who participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, told a press conference on Wednesday.

Miyakawa held the news conference in response to the JGA's decision to disenroll the coach, Yuto Hayami, 34, for an indefinite period.

She admitted Hayami had behaved violently to her. But at the same time, she said, "I can't accept the severity of the punishment."

In addition, Miyakawa denied that she had been harassed by him.

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