Japan's world triathlon race off over nuclear fears

April 19, 2011 09:09

Japan's nuclear reactor crisis has forced the postponement of a world championship triathlon race in Yokohama next month because of radiation fears, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) said on Tuesday.

The race, originally scheduled for May 14, would require athletes to swim 1.5 km in Yokohama harbor, some 300 km south of the Fukushima nuclear plant crippled by last month's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami wave.

"Once the Japanese government raised the severity (of the nuclear accident) to 7, other countries advised against coming to Japan," the Japan Triathlon Union's Shinichiro Otsuka told Reuters.

"We reported to the ITU board meeting on March 31 that Yokohama suffered very little damage from the earthquake and have continued monitoring the sea water. The latest tests last week showed no radiation levels."

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