TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japan Football Association (JFA) announced Tuesday that it had canceled a friendly against Jamaica scheduled for later this week after 10 of the visiting players were unable to board a flight due to problems with coronavirus testing could.
The test certificates of eight of the ten players from Europe were rejected at the airport, JFA President Kohzo Tashima told reporters, adding that the association is still collecting detailed information.
The cancellation takes place less than two months before the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which is in a state of emergency due to the pandemic.
Jamaica was due to play the Japanese national team on Thursday and a U-24 national team on June 12.
While some Jamaican players are already in Japan, those who failed to board their flight will be re-tested for COVID-19, JFA’s Tashima said.
He added that the movements of Japanese and Jamaican players were limited to biosecure “bubbles”.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park; editing by Christian Schmollinger / Peter Rutherford)