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Japan’s leading female figure skater, Satoko Miyahara, will miss the world championships starting late this month in Finland due to effects of her hip injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Monday.

Her absence could make it difficult for Japan to get a maximum three spots in women’s singles for the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February next year, as the results of the March 29-April 2 meet in Helsinki will determine the number of Olympic berths per country.

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