Ski jumping: Okabe, 43, returns to Japan team

Updated: Dec 26, 2013, 04:10 AM IST

Paris: Japan have called up 43-year-old Takanobu Okabe for the Four Hills ski jumping tournament which gets underway at Oberstdorf in Germany on Saturday.

Okabe replaces Reruhi Shimizu and was named to the team together with Daiki Ito, Taku Takeuchi, Noriaki Kasai and Yuta Watase, according to

It will be Okabe`s first World Cup event outside of Japan since March 2010.