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Kaori Sakamoto has pulled out of the women’s figure skating competition at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo after being struck with the flu, the Japan Skating Federation said on Wednesday.

Sakamoto had been scheduled to compete in place of Satoko Miyahara, who was forced out with a hip injury. Sakamoto’s withdrawal leaves Rika Hongo as the only Japanese to take part in the women’s event.

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