Japan Taekwondo Board to Resign amid Strife with Athletes

Society Sports

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--The All Japan Taekwondo Association's board has decided to resign en masse amid a months-long strife with athletes selected for intensive training.

The decision was made at an extraordinary board meeting Monday, about nine months ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nearly five months ago, the athletes' side submitted a request to improve the association's training management. The association did not respond to the request until late September.

In September, the athletes-association conflict came to light, with most of the selected athletes boycotting a training camp. On Oct. 8, the association board decided that its training chief would step down.

The association will now entrust four external experts with the selection of new board members and a review of the association's management.

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