J-League, pro sports postponed amid deadly tsunami

All weekend matches in the J-League have been postponed and

other pro sports have been put on hold following a deadly

earthquake and tsunami which have devastated parts of eastern

Japan.

A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s

recorded history slammed the eastern coast on Friday, sweeping away

people, homes, cars and boats as widespread fires burned out of

control. Authorities said hundreds of people have been killed.

The J-League announced that 19 matches in the national football

competition had been postponed, while baseball games in Tokyo,

Chiba and Yokohama have been canceled.

A special committee meeting investigating match-fixing in the

traditional Japanese sport of sumo has also been delayed.

But the International Skating Union said it has no plans to

cancel the figure skating world championships in Tokyo, which is

scheduled to begin on March 21.

ISU spokeswoman Selina Vanier told The Associated Press that the

Yoyogi National Stadium appears to be unscathed.

The Philippines national football team managed to play a

training match against a Kanto Gakuin University squad shortly

after the quake struck. The Azakals, who lost the game 4-0, are in

Gotemba – approximately 85 kilometers (52 miles) southwest of Tokyo

– for cold-weather training ahead of the AFC Challenge Cup against

Mongolia in Ulaan Baatar on Tuesday.