Olympics host Japan slammed by Human Rights Watch report in to athlete abuse
21 July 2020 | 7:00 am
A year away from the start of the rearranged Tokyo Olympics, Human Rights Watch have claimed there is a culture of physical and verbal abuse aimed at Japan's young athletes. The country's response is not yet clear.
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