• Kyodo


Japan has earned two berths in men’s skeleton for next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, according to the quota allocation list announced by the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation on Monday.

The quotas are assigned based on the IBSF rankings, with 20 women and 30 men to compete in the head-first sled race at the Feb. 9-25 event in South Korea. One automatic berth is given to the host country for each gender.

Hiroatsu Takahashi, who was a member of the national team at the 2014 Sochi Games and currently ranked 28th in the world, is expected to be Japan’s top choice. Sendai University’s Katsuyuki Miyajima is also seen as a potential candidate.

The Japan Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Federation board of directors will meet to decide on the two athletes to represent the country in the coming days.

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