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JAAF Postpones National Championships and All Other Major Meets Through End of June

As part of an effort to halt the effort of the novel coronavirus, the JAAF has announced that it will postpone the 104th National Championships Combined Events, scheduled for June 13~14 in Nagano, and the 104th National Track and Field Championships, scheduled for June 25~28 in Osaka. Potential dates and venues are being explored for these events to be rescheduled in late September or early July. This will include the previously postponed 10000 m National Championships originally scheduled for May 9. Further details will be announced as soon as they have determined.

In addition to the National Championships, all meets organized by the JAAF from April through June have been canceled or postponed. The JAAF has also requested that the organizers of other meets it supports during this time period likewise cancel or postpone their events. Further details will be announced by the JAAF and by individual meet organizers as the situation evolves. A list of JAAF-organized and supported meets that have been canceled or postponed as of this writing is below.

JAAF executive Mitsugi Ogata commented, "There are still many issues to be resolved, but we ask for your support moving forward. Under the present circumstances of society I believe that all athletes entered the 2020 season with very complicated feelings. But I ask all athletes and support staff to place priority on preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus and to act appropriately. Under these circumstances please keep working toward achieving your goals, whatever they may be. By working together now to fight the spread of the virus all of us in the sports world can help to elevate the place of sports in society once the light at the end of the tunnel comes into sight. Now is the time for all of us to unite our efforts!

Canceled and Postponed Events
April 11: 29th Kanaguri Memorial Meet - canceled
April 12: 104th National Championships 50 km Race Walk - canceled
April 18-19: 74th Izumo Track and Field Meet - postponed
April 19: 22nd Nagano Marathon - canceled
April 19: 68th Hyogo Relay Carnival - canceled
April 24-26: Tokyo Combined Events Meet 2020 - canceled
April 26: 10th Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon - canceled
April 29: 54th Oda Memorial Meet - canceled
May 2: 36th Shizuoka International Meet - postponed to Oct.~Dec.
May 4: 31th Golden Games in Nobeoka - canceled
May 5: 2020 Mito Invitational - canceled
May 5-6: Ready Steady Tokyo Olympic Test Meet - canceled
May 6: Kinami Memorial Meet - postponed
May 9: 104th National Championships 10000 m - postponed
May 10: Seiko Golden Grand Prix 2020 Tokyo - postponed
May 10: 30th Sendai International Half Marathon - canceled
May 15-17: 68th National Corporate Championships - postponed
May 16-July 31: National Junior High School Championships Series - TBA for all meets by end of June
June 5-6: Denka Athletics Challenge Cup 2020 - postponed
June 7: Fuse Sprint 2020 - canceled
June 13-14: 104th National Championships Combined Events - postponed
June 25-28: 104th National Championships - postponed
Sept. 20: 36th National Elementary School Championships - TBA by end of June

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translated and edited by Brett Larner

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