Soccer: Shizuoka derby postponed due to typhoon damage

The Shizuoka derby this weekend between Shimizu S-Pulse and Jubilo Iwata in the J-League first division has been postponed due to the damage caused by Typhoon Talas, the league said Wednesday.

With mudslides obstructing roads surrounding S-Pulse home ground IAI Stadium and water supply remaining disrupted in the area, the league said it could not ensure the safety of visiting fans or the smooth operation of Saturday's match.

Torrential rains of an unprecedented level hit Shizuoka Prefecture from Friday night through Saturday morning, causing landslides and major blackouts.

Both clubs have since been involved in the recovery efforts, including the provision of clean drinking water to areas without a safe source.

Shimizu are 12th with four games left to play, while Iwata are at the bottom of the 18-team J1 with five games left. The rescheduled date for the match is to be decided.

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