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K-1 organizer harshly criticized over Japan match amid virus

Kickboxing event attended by 6,500 fans went ahead despite official opposition

A K-1 event in Japan went ahead on March 22 despite official requests it not be held due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. (File photo from Reuters)

TOKYO -- A mixed martial arts event that drew thousands of fans went ahead on Sunday in defiance of a government request to refrain from holding large gatherings on concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, sparking public criticism on social media and by officials.

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