March 18, 2011 / 3:52 AM / 8 years ago

Factbox: Impact of Japan earthquake on sport

(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.

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* The Japanese round of the MotoGP championship, scheduled to take place at Motegi on April 24, was postponed until October 2, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) said on Tuesday.

* Honda Racing Corporation head Shuhei Nakamoto said its MotoGP program could also be hit by the quake owing to limited working hours imposed by power cuts and suppliers also suffering difficulties.

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* The world championships scheduled for March 21-27 in Tokyo postponed by the International Skating Union (ISU) said on Monday due to “the continued critical developments in Japan.” Local organizers are hoping to reschedule the event for later in the year.

* The world team cup, scheduled to take place in Yokohama from April 14 to 17, was also called off.

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* Nagoya International women’s marathon, a qualifying race for the World Athletics Championships in August and scheduled to take place last Sunday, was canceled.

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* A Japanese LPGA event in Kochi was scrapped after the first round while this week’s event in Kagoshima was also called off.

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* The five-game Asia League championship finals between the Tohoku Free Blades and South Korea’s Anyang Halla was canceled. Three games were scheduled to take place in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture.

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* The Central League has decided to proceed with the start of the season as scheduled on March 25, despite the objections of the players’ union, but the Pacific League has delayed its opening matches until April 12.

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* The bj-league canceled all fixtures last weekend and while some matches will go ahead this weekend, the Sendai 89ers, Tokyo Apaches and Saitama Broncos will play no more fixtures this season.

* The eight-team JBL league canceled the rest of their season after the quake.

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* The national swimming championships, a trial for the world championships and scheduled to take place in early April, were canceled on Wednesday because the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center venue was damaged by the earthquake.

* The JSF hopes to stage the event from April 9-11 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

* The national synchronized swimming championships, scheduled to take place in early May at the same Tokyo venue, have also been canceled.

Compiled by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Ian Ransom

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