An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the southern islands of Japan has forced the cancellation of the 2010 Ironman Japan event, slated to take place on 13 June 2010 in Goto-Fukue, Nagasaki.
The cancellation follows action by the local Goto government aimed at stemming the spread of the disease.
A statement by World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), which licenses the Ironman Japan event to Universal Sports Marketing, a Japanese company, notes that:
‘As the licensor, WTC was not directly involved in the conversations and communications between Goto Island authorities and the race organisers. WTC must accept the conclusion reached by the local authorities that the conduct of the race would threaten the community’s vital agricultural industry and abide by the decision to cancel the race.
‘WTC is currently working on a variety of options to provide event alternatives to those athletes registered for Ironman Japan. More details will be forthcoming via email updates and information will also be posted to www.ironman.com.’