The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

Japan out of more China sport events amid island row


TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese competitors will not take part in cycling and table tennis events in China due to safety concerns amid tensions between the two countries over a territorial row, officials said on Wednesday.

Cyclists, team officials, media people and a doping control officer from Japan have been asked by organisers to leave the Tour of China over fears for their safety, a Japan Cycling Federation official said in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Kasumi Ishikawa, who won the women's table tennis team silver medal at the London Olympics, has withdrawn from the Women's World Cup to be held this weekend in Huangshi, China.

The territorial dispute, which has sparked sometimes violent mass anti-Japan demonstrations since last week, has already forced Chinese players to withdraw from this week's badminton Japan Open in Tokyo.