A total of 114 Japanese athletes will travel to Turin in February to take part in the 2006 Winter Olympics, the Japanese Olympic Committee said Monday.

The contingent is the largest from Japan to participate in an overseas Winter Olympics, surpassing the group of 109 athletes who participated in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

The JOC said 63 male and 51 female athletes will make the trip to the Italian resort city, falling short of the 166 athletes who competed at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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