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USATF encourages track community to support Japan

INDIANAPOLIS -As Japan negotiates crises in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami, USA Track & Field encourages anyone involved in the sport of track & field to reach out to the Japanese to express their support.

Japan has hosted two IAAF World Outdoor Championships, one cross country World Championship and one World Indoor Championship. In addition, each year, American teams are hosted in Japanese Ekiden competition, making the country a warm and enthusiastic host of U.S. athletes.

“USA Track & Field has officially expressed support to the Japanese Federation of Athletics Associations, and we are exploring ways to provide training assistance to their athletes,” said USATF President and Chair Stephanie Hightower. “But the personal sentiments of friends and colleagues, and even anonymous donations, are especially valuable at a time like this.”

Willie Banks, President of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association and a USATF board member, has worked with his friend and colleague, Japanese 400m hurdle Olympian Dai Tamesue, to create a vehicle for Americans to show their support for the Japanese people. Letters may be emailed to; emails received will be forwarded to Japanese athletes.

Team Japan also has a Facebook page that can be visited here.

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