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A woman in her 50s who served as a volunteer interpreter at a marathon in Oita Prefecture has apologized for an online blog post in which she referred to African marathoners under her care as “chimpanzees.”

The woman, who volunteered during the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon on Feb. 3, decided to close the blog after an interview with local newspaper Oita Godo Shimbun on Wednesday, an official of the annual race’s secretariat said Friday. The blog was not her personal one and featured reports on the activities of a sports club to which she belongs, the official said.

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