Tokyo Marathon cancelled for all but elite runners
The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in another marathon being cancelled. On Feb. 17, the Tokyo Marathon officially cancelled its marathon for all runners in the general classification. Earlier this month, the Hong Kong Marathon was also cancelled due to the coronavirus.
A notice posted on the marathon's website read: "Tokyo Marathon Foundation has been preparing for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 (Sunday, March 1) while implementing preventive safety measures, however, now that case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within Tokyo, we cannot continue to launch the event within the scale we originally anticipated."
The marathon has been cancelled for all but those in the elite and wheelchair-elite categories.
Although organizers have offered to allow runners to defer entry to the 2021 race, at this point, there are no refunds, and that's not sitting well with some. Airlines are reportedly also refusing to refund flights booked by those looking to attend the marathon.
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More than 35,000 runners were expected to attend the race.
The 2020 Olympic Games, also in Tokyo, are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9.