Judoka Uchishiba sentenced to 5 years in prison
More News from Associated Press
TOKYO —Two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for raping a female member of a university judo club in 2011.
In handing down his ruling, Judge Tomonao Onizawa said the court “cannot trust at all” claims by Uchishiba that he had consensual sex with the student, Kyodo news agency reported.
Uchishiba, 34, who won gold in the 66-kilogram class at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, is expected to appeal.
The judge said the woman’s accusation of sexual assault while she was asleep was credible given that she could not stand up on her own after drinking too much alcohol at a restaurant before the incident. Prosecutors accused Uchishiba of intoxicating the student in order to take advantage of her inability to resist.
Uchishiba was arrested in December 2011 over the rape allegation and barred from all judo activities by the All Japan Judo Federation in January 2012.
The ruling is the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents to hit judo.
On Thursday, Japan’s women’s judo coach Ryuji Sonoda resigned over accusations he physically abused female judoka at a training camp before the London Olympics.
Japan failed to win a gold medal in men’s judo at London. The only gold for the nation that invented the sport was won by Kaori Matsumoto in the women’s 57-kilogram division.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94