A German judo star is defending her unorthodox, pre-match ritual — getting slapped within the face by her coach — after followers expressed concern for the tough-as-nails Olympian.
“Don’t fear guys! That’s the ritual which I selected earlier than fights. My coach is simply doing what I need him to do to fireplace me up!” Martyna Trajdos, 32, wrote on her Instagram story Tuesday after the clip of her getting slapped round by her coach went viral.
Trajdos was gearing as much as compete towards Hungary’s Szofi Ozbas within the girls’s -63kg Judo elimination spherical on the Tokyo Olympics when she was caught on digital camera aggressively marching as much as the ring and stopping quick to face German nationwide coach Claudiu Pusa.
The pinnacle coach was seen dropping the bag he was holding, grabbing Trajdos’ jacket and shaking her violently backwards and forwards earlier than delivering two swift slaps to every cheek.
Trajdos, sporting a fierce sport face, nodded at Pusa after the pre-competition assault after which walked to the mat for the competition.
The weird scene was seen by followers worldwide, with some questioning whether or not the ritual was consensual.
“There may be context. There have to be context. *whispers: what’s the context?*” Shireen Ahmed wrote on Twitter with a clip of the incident.
“I’ve an amazing urge to smack him again. (even when that is some mutually acceptable, weird coaching method),” Carolyn Dunn tweeted.
Following her loss to Ozbas, Trajdos reassured followers that the ritual was completely regular within the tough and tumble world of German judo.
“That is what I requested my coach to take action please don’t blame him. I would like this earlier than my fights to be awake,” the Poland-born athlete wrote in a sequence of posts.
In a separate submit alongside video of the incident, Trajdos joked Pusa’s slaps may’ve been tougher after dropping to the Hungarian champ.
“Seems to be like this was not laborious sufficient. I want I may have made a unique headline at present,” Trajdos wrote.
“As I already mentioned that’s the ritual which I selected pre-competition. My coach is simply doing what I need him to do to fireplace me up.”