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HASHIMOTO under suspension!

TOKYO - Bad news are coming from Japan today, actually bad only for Soichi HASHIMOTO who is under suspension by the AJJF.

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                     [World Championships Budapest 2017 - Soichi HASHIMOTO (JPN) vs. Jakub JECMINEK (CZE)]

 

 

Current U73kg World Champion will have at least six months "vacation" from Japanese A national team.

 

Once again, when it comes to disciplinary matters, the Japanese have confirmed their inflexibility. This time, it costs Soichi Hashimoto, 73 kg world champion, surprised to let an unauthorized friend enter the dormitory of the Japanese Institute of Sports Sciences on 8 February. The Japanese would have lent his pass to a friend, but was immediately intercepted by the guardian of the building, in which visitors are allowed with strong restrictions.

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                      [World Championships Budapest 2017 - Soichi HASHIMOTO (JPN)]

 

 

Same thing happened three years ago to Naohisa Takato, guilty in that case of some training delays, Hashimoto was heavily penalized by head coach Kosei Inoue: the world champion was excluded from the selection for the Grand Slam in Düsseldorf and expelled from the national team A, being relegated to the team B. Hashimoto, moreover, will no longer be able to access the Institute and the national training center for the next six months, and will lose his athlete's bag for the year 2018. The judoka will eventually have to pay from his own pocket all the stages to which he will take part.

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                    [World Championships Budapest 2017 - U73kg podium]

 

 

So in next upcoming months Japan will be represented by the Olympic Champion only, while they've could have gold and red backnumber in same time at one competition which is rare thing to be seen.

 

 

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