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YOG: Japan youth athletes told to keep low profile in China

Published on Aug 11, 2014 4:46 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese teenage athletes at the Youth Olympics starting on Saturday in the Chinese city of Nanjing have been warned not to wear their official tracksuits around town due to safety fears, local media have reported.

Delegation chief Yosuke Fujiwara has told Japan's 78 athletes to wear regular clothes outside the Games venues during the Aug 16-28 event to avoid any attack, with Tokyo-Beijing relations at their lowest level in years.

They will also be encouraged to don face masks to protect themselves from China's notoriously bad air pollution.

"When they are outside we want them to be aware that it might not be totally safe," Fujiwara told Kyodo news agency.

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