Impact of Japan earthquake on sport

London: The deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last Friday 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) decided on Wednesday to cancel the former with a decision to be made on the latter on Thursday.
  • 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.


  • The Japanese round of the MotoGP championship, scheduled to take place at Motegi on April 24, was postponed until Oct. 2, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) said on Tuesday.
  • Honda Racing Corporation head Shuhei Nakamoto said its MotoGP programme could also be hit by the quake owing to limited working hours imposed by power cuts and suppliers also suffering difficulties.

    Figure Skating

  • 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". The event may be cancelled.
  • The world team cup, scheduled to take place in Yokohama from April 14 to 17, has also been called off.


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


  • A Japanese LPGA event in Kochi was scrapped while next weekend`s event in Kagoshima has also been called off.

    Ice Hockey

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


  • Nippon Professional Baseball met on Tuesday and are considering delaying the scheduled March 25 start of the Japanese baseball season.


  • The bj-league cancelled all fixtures last weekend and a decision was pending on when the season would resume.
  • The eight-team JBL league cancelled the rest of their season after the quake.


  • The national swimming championships, a trial for the world championships and scheduled to take place in early April, were cancelled on Wednesday because the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre venue was damaged by the earthquake, the Japan Swimming Federation (JSF) said on Wednesday.
  • The JSF hopes to stage the event from April 9 to 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 cancelled.

    Bureau Report

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