On Apr. 21 the organizers of the 2nd Denka Athletics Challenge Cup meet donated 10,000 surgical masks to Niigata Prefecture. The masks were part of the supply organizers had put together for use at their meet to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. The meet, a World Athletics Continental Tour bronze label event and part of the Japan Grand Prix series, was originally scheduled for June 5th and 6th at Niigata's Big Swan Stadium but was postponed to the fall and winter season.
Organizers had already donated another 5,000 masks to the Niigata city government on Apr. 17. Kimihiko Ono, head coach of meet organizers Niigata Albirex Running Club, and Albirex race walker Kai Kobayashi presented the masks to Niigata mayor Yaichi Nakahara.
translated and edited by Brett Larner