(FILES) On this file photograph taken on August 12, 2012, Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich runs to win bronze within the athletics occasion males’s marathon in the course of the London 2012 Olympic Video games in London. Olivier MORIN / AFP
Organisers stated Monday they’re cancelling the beginner portion of the Tokyo marathon, affecting round 38,000 runners, on fears concerning the unfold of the brand new coronavirus in Japan.
“We reached the conclusion that sadly it’s tough to organise the occasion… after a number of circumstances (of the virus) have been confirmed in Tokyo,” the Tokyo Marathon Basis stated in a press release.
The choice won’t have an effect on elite runners, together with elite wheelchair individuals, the organisers stated.
However they solely account for round 200 of the tens of 1000’s of people that had registered for the March 1 race.
The cancellation comes after Japanese authorities officers warned the unfold of the virus within the nation getting into “a brand new section”.
Not less than 65 circumstances have been identified in Japan, excluding a whole bunch of infections aboard a cruise ship quarantined off the coast.
On Sunday, the well being minister warned residents to keep away from giant crowds and non-essential gatherings, sparking hypothesis that the marathon could be cancelled.
A public gathering for the birthday of Emperor Naruhito that was scheduled for February 23 has additionally been cancelled on virus fears.