Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
Former Yomiuri Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Masumi Kuwata has spoken out against corporal punishment in sports following the suicide of a Japanese high school student who endured repeated beatings by his basketball coach.
Kuwata said in an interview with National Broadcaster NHK: "I don't think corporal punishment as a form of instruction makes one stronger. I think those teaching sports need to change their methods to fit the times."
According to the Osaka municipal board of education, the 17-year-old student at Sakuranomiya Senior High School told his mother he had been struck 30 to 40 times the day before he hanged himself last month.
The 47-year-old coach, whose name has not been disclosed, admitted slapping the teen when he made a mistake and said it was intended to "fire him up," the board said.