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German judoka defends her coach's bizarre slapping warmup routine: 'This was not hard enough'

Yahoo Sports US logo Yahoo Sports US 7/28/2021 Chris Cwik

German judoka Martyna Trajdos caused quite a stir before her match against Szofi Özbas on Monday. Prior to the match, Trajdos was involved in a bizarre warmup routine in which her male coach violently shook and slapped Trajdos.

Trajdos defended her coach's actions Tuesday, saying her coach is "just doing what I want him to do to fire me up." 

Just before the match began, Trajdos' coach grabbed the lapels on Trajdos' uniform, violently shook Trajdos and then slapped her on each side of her face. Trajdos nodded and then entered the ring.

Trajdos — who lost the match to Özbas — tried to make light of the situation by saying her coach's slaps were "not hard enough."

a man holding a child: Germany's Martyna Trajdos (white) lost to Hungary's Szofi Ozbas (blue) in the round of 32. (Photo by Franck FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Germany's Martyna Trajdos (white) lost to Hungary's Szofi Ozbas (blue) in the round of 32. (Photo by Franck FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images) a screen shot of Camila Giorgi © Provided by Yahoo! Sports

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