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Paralympics: Boccia test event postponed over coronavirus

TOKYO – The Japan Para Sports Association said Thursday it has postponed a boccia tournament that doubles as a test event for the Tokyo Paralympics in order to protect athletes from the new coronavirus.


The association informed the Tokyo Games organizing committee that the 2020 Japan Para Championships Boccia, scheduled to begin on Feb. 28, has been “temporarily placed on hold until a final decision can be made on staging the event.”


The association concluded that “further time is necessary to fully analyze the potential impacts should the novel coronavirus affect an athlete.”


More than 30 para-athletes from nine countries and regions were to take part in the three-day event at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, a temporary venue on Tokyo’s waterfront near the Olympic and Paralympic Village.


Tokyo Games organizers said they will carry out the boccia test event “in some form, after ensuring a safe and secure environment.”


A sport climbing test event slated from March 6 to 8 will go ahead as planned, organizers said.

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