Tokyo: Up to 5,000 fans will be able to attend Japanese football and baseball games from July 10, officials said on Monday as the sport inched towards normality after coronavirus suspensions.
The heads of Nippon Professional Baseball and football's J-League announced the move at a joint press appearance after consultations with infection experts.
"We must fully consider the current situation... but we have received word from government officials that we can declare that we will let spectators in from the 10th of next month," baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito told a press briefing.
J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai said the same date would apply for football matches.
Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Midfielders
Kuala Lumpur: As the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who you, the fans, regard as the finest Asian players to have starred at the FIFA World Cup by compiling an all-time Best XI, we turn our attention to the midfield positions.
Ho Chi Minh City’s Tran Phi Son eyeing V.League and AFC Cup success
Ho Chi Minh City: Tran Phi Son has admitted that Ho Chi Minh City FC are targeting the 2020 V.League title and aiming make their mark on the continent as the Vietnamese side look forward to a fruitful second half of the year.
Having narrowly missed out on their domestic league crown last year, Ho Chi Minh City have looked strong in what has been a disrupted 2020. They sit third in the V.league and were top of their AFC Cup group after three games prior to the competition’s COVID-19-related hiatus.
Indeed, just a point behind table-toppers Song Lam Nghe An, first hosts third on Tuesday in a game that offers Ho Chi Minh City the chance to move top of the standings after six games against a club where Phi Son made more than 100 appearances between 2012 and 2017.
Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand pledge support for 2023 bid
Sydney: With just days to go until the FIFA Council votes to decide the location of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand have come together to support their nations’ historic joint bid to host the world’s largest women’s sporting event.
In a joint letter to the FIFA Council, they said:
“An Australia-New Zealand FIFA Women’s World Cup would embody our passion for women’s football and proud commitment to equality and fairness, creating a profound and enduring legacy for the future of women’s football within the region and beyond."