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Beijing Winter Olympics

Yuzuru Hanyu will hold a press conference Monday night, says JOC

'It is not a news conference at which Hanyu is planning an announcement'

Yuzuru Hanyu competes in the mens singles free program during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China, Feb 10. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)    © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Japanese Olympics authorities on Sunday sought to head off speculation after the scheduling of a news conference by Yuzuru Hanyu ignited online chatter over a possible retirement by the figure skating great.

The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) told members of the media that Hanyu, who missed the podium at the Beijing Games last week with a fourth-place finish, would hold a 30-minute news conference at 1730 local time (0930 GMT) on Monday.

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