translated and edited by Brett Larner
World Championships women's marathon team member Yoko Shibui (Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) left from Tokyo's Narita Airport on Apr. 5 for a training camp in Kunming, China. She intends the camp to serve as base training for her serious marathon training which will begin in June. "The goal for this training camp is for me to come out looking different," Shibui told reporters. "This is basically a diet camp, so I just want to get my body ready to start marathon training. I have to lose some weight. The tofu doughnuts I had yesterday were the last sweets I'm going to eat." During the two-week training camp Shibui will eat a primarily vegetable-based diet before going on to do track work. Her first serious race of the season will be the Apr. 26 Hyogo Relay Carnival 10000 m.