• Kyodo


Comedian Hiroshi Neko’s hopes of competing in the men’s marathon at the London Olympics could be in jeopardy after the International Association of Athletics Federations raised doubts over his eligibility to represent Cambodia, sources said.

The 34-year-old Neko, whose real name is Kuniaki Takizaki, was born in Japan and became a naturalized Cambodian citizen in late 2011 after competing in several international half-marathons there, which won him many fans throughout the country.

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