The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.
The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.
Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”
The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.
The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier.
Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.
The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.
The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.
Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.
The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.
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