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Amid Virus Fear, Tokyo Marathon Canceled for 38K Runners: Report

Amid Virus Fear, Tokyo Marathon Canceled for 38K Runners: Report
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Monday, 17 February 2020 03:27 PM

Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon will cancel Japan’s biggest running event for non-professional runners as the coronavirus outbreak pressures cities and institutions to scrap large events, the Tokyo Shimbun reported, citing an unidentified source.

Some 38,000 runners have registered for the race scheduled on March 1, according to the newspaper. A spokesperson at the Tokyo Marathon Foundation said nothing has been decided, and that it is “considering a wide range of options.”

“The cancellation is disappointing,” said Akari Terrell, who was planning to compete on the day. “This time, it can’t be helped.”

Competitive races will still be held, as the Tokyo marathon is an Olympic trial race for professional runners, according to the Tokyo Shimbun. Last week, residents from China were asked to refrain from running in the race.

Major events have been called off or postponed in recent months due to the virus, including the Hong Kong Sevens international rugby tournament, as well as the annual Singapore Yacht Show.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February had repeatedly said the 2020 Olympics would not be canceled or postponed despite fears about the novel coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands and cast a shadow over travel and tourism in Asia.

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Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon will cancel Japan's biggest running event for non-professional runners as the coronavirus outbreak pressures cities and institutions to scrap large events, the Tokyo Shimbun reported, citing an unidentified source. Some 38,000 runners have...
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