Czechs say playing soccer in Japan poses no risk

The Czech Republic will travel to Japan for a soccer tournament

after receiving assurance the nuclear crisis poses no risk.

The Czech Republic will play Peru on June 4 in the Kirin Cup in

Matsumoto before meeting Japan on June 7 in Yokohama.

Team manager Vladimir Smicer said Tuesday that after consulting

Czech and Japanese authorities ”there’s no reason to withdraw from

the tournament.”

The State Office for Nuclear Safety says the radiation-spewing

Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is too far from the venues – about

175 miles – to pose a threat.