Japan cancels Yamanashi contest after eight speed skaters get coronavirus

The Japan Skating Federation has decided to cancel a competition in Yamanashi after eight speed skaters were infected with the coronavirus.

By Reuters
Mar 3, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; General view from the fan’s area as Miho Takagi of Japan competes in men’s 10000-meter race during the 2019 ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships at Olympic Oval. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japan Skating Federation has decided to cancel a competition this month in Yamanashi prefecture, west of the capital Tokyo, after eight speed skaters were confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus.

The federation will cancel the event, set to run from Friday to Sunday, to ensure the safety of athletes and others involved, it said on Monday.

All the infected skaters were quarantined and in stable condition, public broadcaster NHK said on Tuesday.

Federation officials were not immediately available to comment on details.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)