Virus Limits Next Tokyo Olympic Test Event to Japanese-only
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers say a test event scheduled for later this month is being revamped because of the fear of the spreading virus from China. It was to have involved non-Japanese athletes but now only Japanese will participate. The Olympics are to open in just over five months and planning is being jolted by the virus that has killed over 2,000 in China. Three deaths have been reported in Japan. Organizing committee spokesman Masa Takaya says the test event for Paralympic boccia will go ahead in a “modified" way with only Japanese athletes. The Japan Para Sports Association said the original plan was put on hold “to fully analyze” any impact the virus might have on athletes.