Friday, May 1, 2009

Irifune Drops Cardinal Invitational Out of Swine Influenza Fears

translated by Brett Larner

On Apr. 30 Team Kanebo announced that Berlin World Championships men's marathon team member Satoshi Irifune has withdrawn from a planned appearance in the men's 10000 m at the May 2 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational track and field meet in Stanford, CA. Team Kanebo head coach Kunimitsu Ito said that the company's management had informed him on Apr. 28 of its decision to pull its athletes from the meet out of concerns about the outbreak of swine influenza.

Translator's note: The article does not mention Irifune's teammate Daisuke Matsufuji, but it is to be assumed that he has also been pulled from the Cardinal Invitational.

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