J.League chairman Murai draws confidence from challenges overcome in 2020

  • J.League moved quickly to form a Covid-19 task force
  • Revenue disruption forced league to seek loans and credit lines
  • More use of technology planned to keep fans engaged
Like sports administrators around the world, J.League chairman Mitsuru Murai is preparing for a 2021 season with little certainty about how badly it will be disrupted by the pandemic. But unlike many of his peers, he is doing so with the confidence of having managed to run a relatively complete 2020 season.

Japan’s top football league was one of the first in the world to return in July this year, after a four-month break. It completed its 34-game season on December 19, with Kawasaki Frontale already crowned champions.

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