January 1 - Japan's Masato Uchishiba, the two-time Olympic -66 kilogram judo gold medallist, is facing a five-year jail sentence if he is found guilty of raping a teenager.
Public prosectuors in Tokyo have revealed that is the sentence they are seeking for 34-year-old Uchishiba, who is currently standing trial for allegedly raping a female student after she passed out drunk in a hotel room
Uchishiba, who won his gold medals at Athens in 2004 and Beijing 2008, was arrested in December 2011 after the allegation was made while he was coaching the women's judo team at Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Uchishiba denies the allegation and claims the sex was consensual.
The trial, which started in September, is expected to conclude later this month.
It is alleged that the girl passed out a party at a karaoke parlour after Uchishiba got her drunk and the two returned to a hotel room.
Prosecutors claim she woke up and became aware of what was happening, but Uchishiba then turned up the volume on the television and used his hand to cover her mouth.
The married judo champion stated the girl was awake and there were no requests from her to stop.
Uchishiba was fired from his coaching job with the University in September 2011 following sexual harassment allegations
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