By Jack Tarrant
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japan Para Sports Association and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organizers moved to cancel this month’s wheelchair rugby test event on Tuesday due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The wheelchair rugby test event, scheduled for March 12-15, is the latest sporting event to be cancel led in Japan as concerns mount over Tokyo’s ability to host the 2020 Olympics scheduled to begin in July.
A boccia competition which was to double as a test event for this year’s Tokyo Paralympic Games was postponed last month, whilst the Tokyo marathon on Sunday was closed to general participation with only elite athletes allowed to take part.
The J.League also announced that all domestic soccer matches have been postponed until March 15, whilst Japanese pre-season baseball matches are also being played behind closed doors.
“The Japan Para Sports Association (JPSA) informed us the 2020 Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby…