Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cat Can't Run

A Japanese comedian will not be eligible to represent Cambodia in athletics at the London Olympics despite a change of nationality.

The Japan-born marathon runner Kuniaki Takizaki, whose stage name is Neko Hiroshi (= Hiroshi The Cat), acquired Cambodian citizenship in October.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said that he could not run for his country until October - one year after he obtained citizenship.

"Even if I'm not able to compete this time, I'll aim to enter the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in four years' time as a Cambodian," the 34-year-old Neko was quoted as saying.

A cat has nine lives, indeed.

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