Elite Hamburg marathon organisers looking for new location after tightening of COVID-19 restrictions
After a tightening of lockdown restrictions in Hamburg, organisers should discover another venue for the race, tagged ‘the quickest solution to Tokyo’, which was initially on account of be held within the metropolis centre.
Berlin: Organisers of a one-off invitation-only elite marathon in Hamburg, the place Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is predicted to run subsequent month, have to discover a new location due to COVID-19 restrictions within the metropolis, they mentioned Wednesday.
After a tightening of lockdown restrictions in Hamburg, organisers should discover another venue for the race, tagged “the quickest solution to Tokyo”, which was initially on account of be held within the metropolis centre.
Greater than 70 elite runners hope to make use of the marathon — a distance of 42.2 km or 26.2 miles — to safe qualification for this summer season’s Tokyo Olympics.
Organisers have delayed the race by per week till April 18 as they have a look at different choices.
A race spokeswoman advised AFP organisers are taking a look at potential venues additional afield, “however nonetheless inside Germany” and confirmed world report holder Kipchoge is predicted to race.
In a press release, the 36-year-old Kenyan urged the organisers to “maintain working arduous… to discover a good different for us as athletes.
“This race is basically essential, it’s a massively optimistic factor for the followers to see that life continues throughout this pandemic,” added Kipchoge, who set the lads’s marathon world report in Berlin in 2018.
The normal annual Hamburg marathon, which was postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic, is scheduled to happen on 12 September.
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