Friday, 4th June 2010
Japan squad use oxygen tanks to train
Japan's national squad have been given oxygen tanks to use while training in a bid to help them acclimatise to the conditions they will face when playing in South Africa, it has been reported.
The altitude at which this year's World Cup matches will take place is "a key factor", noted the Telegraph and fellow Asian team South Korea is also taking steps to make sure players can cope with the South African conditions.
According to the source, footballs can travel through the air faster and further in areas of high altitude, which may prove an issue for players not used to performing on pitches more than 1,000 metres above sea level.
Japan team coach Takeshi Okada said he wants his team to use the tanks for one or tour hours a day while at home, reported the source.
The squad will face Denmark, Cameroon and the Netherlands in the World Cup group stages.
Written by Kimberley Homer.