Several sporting events scheduled to be held in Japan are likely to be canceled or rescheduled due to Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami.
Sendai-based baseball team Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles are scheduled to play the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Pacific League's season opener on March 25. But it seems inevitable that the game will be called off as the grounds and stands of the Golden Eagle's home field of Kleenex Stadium have been badly damaged.
The fate of the International Skating Union's World Figure Skating Championships, slated to kick off in Tokyo next Monday, is also unclear.
The ISU on Friday said the event would go ahead as planned despite the earthquake, but later changed its position with president Ottavio Cinquanta saying that due to the risks posed by the nuclear power plant explosion on Saturday, it will further monitor the situation and make a final decision early this week.