Japan Sports Body Endorses Unicef Policy

Japan sports body endorses UNICEF policy

The Japan Sport Association has endorsed the new 10-point UNICEF guidelines aimed at protecting children under 18 from violence at the hands of their coaches, or other excessive practices during sports training.

Executives of the association met on Thursday and agreed that the ground-breaking guidelines, titled "Children's Rights in Sport Principles," will greatly contribute to the association's aim of providing an improved sports environment for children, as a legacy of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The association agreed to disseminate the guidelines to its member sport organizations across the country.

The UNICEF guidelines stress that the "win-at-all-costs" mentality does not necessarily serve the best benefit of children involved in sports.
The guidelines also call for eradicating acts of violence, power harassment by coaches, and excessive training being forced on children.

An association official, Yusaku Morioka, says he believes the guidelines are significant, because they set out principles for coaching coaches who work closely with children.