The World Half Marathon in Poland postponed by the coronavirus
The Half Marathon World Cup 2020 which was scheduled to be held on March 29 in the Polish town of Gdynia, is postponed until next October 17, due to the crisis due to the spread of the coronavirus.
This has been announced by both the international athletic federation, the organizers and the mayor of the city, Wojciech Szczurek, due to "the continuing uncertainty created by the international spread of the new coronavirus," they said in a statement.
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They add that the "current international situation would have seriously compromised the event at this time as many countries are now restricting international travel, invoking quarantines and advising citizens and event organizers to avoid mass meetings."
They explain in the statement that it has been taken into account “the health and well-being of athletes, officials and spectators"When making this decision, while highlighting that the advice of the medical team, in contact with the World Health Organization, is that the spread of this virus" is at a worrying level in many countries, "so that all important events "must be reviewed."
The organizers conclude that they expect this “hard decision"Let the World Half Marathon be next October," a great racing festival and the best half marathon world championship”For national teams as well as for amateur runners and the local community.
"Our top priority is that everyone involved in the World Cup feel safe and fully enjoy the event without fears related to their health and safety," they argue in the statement.
This decision affects a host of Spanish athletes, including the Olympic Dani Mateo, who had the competition in mind as he prepared for the Tokyo Games.