• Kyodo


Reira Iwabuchi and Hiroaki Kunitake are among four snowboarders who met the qualification criteria for February’s Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, according to requirements set by the Ski Association of Japan.

On the same day bad weather forced the cancellation of a World Cup meet in Laax, Switzerland, teenagers Iwabuchi and Kunitake each fulfilled the SAJ’s Olympic qualification criteria through having taken at least one top-eight result in a World Cup event or at the world championships.

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