The Tokyo Marathon excludes 37,000 popular for Coronavirus
The organizers of the Tokyo marathon have decided exclude more than 37,000 amateur runners that they had already registered in the test before the fear to the propagation of the outbreak of coronavirus, reason why the competition will only count on runners of elite, as it has informed the Japanese news agency Kiodo. The marathon of the Japanese capital, which is the largest in Asia, will be held on March 1.
Sources have explained that of the total of 38,000 runners already signed up, The organizers have decided to refuse the participation in the marathon of all those who are in the category of “general participants” Fearing that the outbreak of coronavirus originating in China will spread.
Tokyo marathon serves as a qualifying test for the 2020 Olympic Games which will host this summer the Japanese capital and also for qualifying for the Olympic marathon teams of each country. The marathon will have the participation of elite runners and wheelchair athletes, with a total of 206 participants in both categories.
Concern for the Olympics
Less than six months after the celebration of the Tokyo Olympics, the organizers of the Olympic event have shown their concern for the rapid spread of the coronavirus and for the possibility that it may have consequences in the sporting event, which will take place from July 24 to August 9.
To date, the outbreak of coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan, in the province of Hubei, in central China, It has killed more than 1,700 people and has left more than 70,000 people infected. The organizers of the Tokyo marathon initially asked the runners from China not to participate in the test, with the promise of allowing them to participate the following year.