- Claudiu Pusa seen shaking Martyna, double slapping her within the video.
- Judo star defends the slap terming it ‘pre-fight’ ritual.
- A tougher slap may have saved me from elimination, jokes Martyna.
TOKYO: The sight of German judoka Martyna Trajdos being slapped by her coach simply moments earlier than getting into the ring was an appalling one for the spectators of a match on the Tokyo Olympics, NDTV reported Thursday.
The video of the coach, Claudiu Pusa, smacking the 32-year-old judo star made rounds on social media inside minutes after the incident. It confirmed Pusa shaking the German athlete vigorously and slapping her within the face twice as she turned in direction of him earlier than getting into the ring.
Nevertheless, Trajdos responded to the video by telling her followers to not fear and defending the slap as an try of the coach to buck her up previous to the match, the publication stated.
“Don’t worry guys! That’s the ritual which I chose before fights. My coach is just doing what I want him to do to fire me up!” Martyna Trajdos wrote on her Instagram story Tuesday after the video went viral, reported New York Submit.
“I need this before my fights to be awake,” she stated.
It was a ‘coincidence’ that Trajdos was eradicated in a spherical 32 contest towards Hungarian judoka Szofi Ozbas within the Olympic Video games after the ‘slap scene.
Following the elimination, Trajdos re-shared the incident’s clip on her Instagram deal with on Wednesday, solely to defend her coach once more.
Reiterating the slap as a ‘pre-fight ritual’, Trajdos stated, “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!”
In an try to tail down the problem, Trajdos even joked in regards to the slap and remarked that she wouldn’t have misplaced towards Ozbas had Pusa slapped her tougher.
“Looks like this was not hard enough. I wish I could have made a different headline today,” Trajdos wrote.
Regardless of a number of clarifications from the Judo star, the video sparked quite a few reactions on Twitter with no less than 10 million views.
“I have an overwhelming urge to smack him back. (even if this is some mutually acceptable, bizarre training technique),” a Twitter consumer wrote.
Some even turned the clip into memes with their hilarious captions.