Tokyo 2020: Twitter divides over Judo Coach’s act of slapping athlete for “firing her up” before bout

Meanwhile, Martyna has backed her coach at a time when he has faced the fury of some for his act.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 28 July 2021 1:10 pm

The sporting fraternity was left confused after a coach seemed to have crossed all limits by being strict with his player at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. Notably, a German Judo athlete named Martyna Trajdos was shaken and then slapped by her coach before her bout with Szofi Ozbas of Hungary on Tuesday. Not only did Martyna's coach Claudiu Pusa first dropped his bag, he then went on to violently shake the German, following it with two slaps.

As cameras captured the coach's action, it did not make for a very pleasant viewing experience. However, it is worth highlighting that the participant did not seem to have any trouble or discomfort and she just nodded her head before entering the combat area for her bout.

Check out the video of the incident here:

Meanwhile, Martyna has backed her coach at a time when he has faced the fury of some for his act. "I wish I could have made a different headline today. As I already said that’s the ritual which I chose pre-competition! My coach is just doing what I want him to do to fire me up!", Martyna Trajdos wrote in an Instagram post.

Despite her clarification, social media is divided over the incident. Here are some of the things netizens had to say.

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