Factbox: Impact of Japan earthquake on sport

Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:48pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last week and tsunami which followed have had a devastating impact on the country.

Following are details of some sporting events affected:


* Despite hopes international friendlies against Montenegro on March 25 and New Zealand four days later might go head to "rally the nation," the Japan Football Association (JFA) canceled the former on Wednesday before the All Whites pulled out of their scheduled match a day later.

* The Blue Samurai national team will play a J.League select team on March 29 in Osaka in a charity match to benefit the victims of the disaster.

* The domestic J.League was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday after first and second division clubs held an emergency meeting at the league's headquarters in Tokyo.

* Asian Champions League fixtures between Nagoya Grampus and Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates at Mizuho Track and Field Stadium (Tuesday) and Kashima Antlers and Sydney FC of Australia at Kashima Stadium (Wednesday) were postponed.

* National team coach Alberto Zaccheroni and his four assistants flew back home to Italy last Saturday after their relatives grew concerned.

* Some 150 students and staff at the JFA academy near Fukushima were evacuated for fears of a radiation leak nearby.   Continued...