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The Japan Para Athletics Championships will be held in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, this weekend, but without several of the country’s high-profile athletes aiming to win gold at next summer’s Tokyo Paralympics.

A number of Japan’s leading para athletes opted to skip the two-day World Para Athletics-certified tournament over lingering concerns about the novel coronavirus, most of whom are at greater risk of infection and illness because of severe impairments.

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