Olympic volleyball bronze medalist Yoko Zetterlund becomes the first female director of the Japan American Football Association


Yoko Zetterlund, who helped the U.S. women’s volleyball team win bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, has joined the Japanese American Football Association as director, JAFA announced in Tokyo on Sunday. .

Zetterlund becomes the first female director of JAFA, after the association changed its rules to stipulate that at least 10 percent of all directors should be women. JAFA currently has 20 directors, including Zetterlund, and will add at least one more woman as soon as possible.

“I have continued to gather information regarding the illegal tackle problem at Nihon University,” said Zetterlund, who was offered the job before the incident happened last month. “I am also director of the Japan Sport Association and chairman of the Coaching Development Committee. I think I can help JAFA with my experience. Our goal is to completely get rid of harassment and violence from sport in this country. “

Zetterlund, originally from San Francisco, moved to Japan at the age of six. She returned to the United States in 1991 and made the national volleyball team through a try. She also played in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

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