Jamaica Not to Use "Shitamachi Bobsleighs" at Pyeongchang (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 5 (Jiji Press)—Jamaica's national bobsleigh team has decided not to use sleighs supplied by a group of craftsmen mainly in Tokyo's Ōta municipality, known as a shitamachi working-class area, in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The shitamachi bobsleigh previously used by the Jamaican women's team. Photograph taken at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, on October 5, 2017. (© Jiji)

The promotion committee for the "shitamachi bobsleigh" project said Monday that it has been informed by the Jamaican team of the decision.

"We've entered a stage where we must discuss legal issues," Hosogai Jun'ichi, an official of the committee, said at a press conference, indicating the possibility of seeking compensation from the Jamaican side for breaching the contract between them.

Under the contract, the project team has supplied bobsleighs for free to the Jamaican team for use at the Pyeongchang Games, set to start on Friday.

Using the shitamachi bobsleighs, the Caribbean nation has qualified to compete in a two-woman bobsleigh event at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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