Slaps: Claudiu Pusa motivates judoka Martyna Trajdos just before fight
Claudiu Pusa slaps Martyna Trajdos. It is a ritual before competitions that she decided to do herself, she added.
Coach Claudiu Pusa gives two slaps to judoka Martyna Trajdos before their fight and is warned by the federation. Trajdos herself defends him.
Fuss about slaps for judoka Trajdos
Several slaps by national coach Claudiu Pusa for judoka Martyna Trajdos before her fight have caused a stir at the Tokyo Olympics. The IJF, the world judo federation, issued a warning Wednesday against a German coach without explicitly naming Trajdos, Pusa or the scene from Tuesday's competition. The IFJ reprimanded the coach for his "bad behavior during the competition," it said via Twitter.
Earlier, pictures and videos had caused a stir, showing Pusa shaking and slapping Trajdos twice just before her competition. The 32-year-old from Hamburg defended her coach. "This is something I ask my coach. Don't blame him! I need this before my fights to be awake," she wrote on Instagram.
It is a ritual before competitions that she decided to do herself, she added. "Looks like it wasn't even enough," Trajdos added, referring to her opening loss to Hungarian Szofi Ozbas in the 63 kilogram weight class on Tuesday. "I wish I could have made other headlines today".
The world federation stressed in its statement Wednesday that judo is an "educational sport and as such cannot tolerate such behavior, which violates the moral code in judo." The federation tagged the tweet with the hashtag "respect"