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Tuesday, 24th May 2011
In Sports, Japan Sports News,

Volleyball and Gymnastics championships to stay in Japan

The world of Japanese sport has been given a double boost by the news that the world championships of volleyball and gymnastics will both go ahead later this year.

Following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, concerns had been raised over the feasibility of hosting the major world tournaments, but they have been overcome, Kyodo News reports.

The world gymnastics championships will go ahead in Tokyo this October as originally planned, the International Gymnastics Federation said on Sunday (May 22nd).

Hidenori Futagi, president of the Japan Gymnastics Association, called the move "a composed decision".

Furthermore, the men's and women's volleyball World Cups be staged in the country during the months of November and December, the International Volleyball Federation has confirmed.

The two tournaments, which will act as qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympic Games, will take place across 12 cities in Japan.

However, the impact of the earthquake on the city of Sendai has meant that it will be replaced by Hiroshima as a host city.

Written by Mark Smith

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