Japan boxing boss throws in towel after mobster scandal

first_imgJapan Amateur Boxing Federation President Akira Yamane (R) bows at a press conference to announce his resignation in Osaka on August 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUTThe long-ruling supremo of amateur boxing in Japan announced his resignation Wednesday, throwing in the towel after weeks of media frenzy over a range of scandals including bout-rigging, ties to a mobster and misusing grants.Bowing deeply at a news conference carried live on national TV, Akira Yamane apologized to Japanese boxers whose hopes of participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics might have been dealt a knock-out blow by his admitted ties with an underworld figure.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He has openly admitted pressuring one boxer into sharing a public grant with two others who did not win it.And he has acknowledged on live television his decades of friendship with the retired head of an organized crime group, asserting that they have not done anything bad together.That argument, however, did not fly well with authorities, including Japan Sports Agency commissioner Daichi Suzuki who on Tuesday called for Yamane’s resignation.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “I resign today,” said Yamane, dubbed the “don” of Japan’s amateur boxing world since he took over the federation in 2011, sporting his trademark sunglasses.“To athletes, I apologize as the president of this body for this problem. Please, if in the future, you become unable to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, there will be the next Olympics. Please work toward that,” said the 78-year-old.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In addition to the alleged misconduct, Yamane has come under intense public scrutiny for his gruff manner and snappy dress sense.Other boxing officials have accused him of pressuring judges to favor fighters from Nara in western Japan, where he is from — a charge Yamane denies. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ View comments Facial ID system for Tokyo Olympics unveiled Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img

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