The organizers of the Marathon race in Tokyo have limited the number of participants by allowing only the elite category runners and wheelchair athletes to be a part of forthcoming Japan’s biggest Pre-Olympic event. Tokyo Marathon organizers took this decision to scale back the numbers of participants seeing the wide outbreak of Coronavirus in China and its gradual spread in other countries ultimately resulting in the cancellation and rescheduling of sports events in other countries.
38,000 entry came in for the race of March 1, 2020. But those belonging to the General Category who submitted their entries for March 1 will not be allowed to be a part of the race because of Coronavirus which has taken the life of 1700 people and infecting nearly 70,000 people in China as of 17th February 2020.
The Tokyo Marathon increases the chances of being a 2020 Games qualifier. The participants will be running to make it to the finals in the Men’s Marathon at the 2020 Olympic team. Japan men’s marathon record holder Suguru Osako, a Japanese 10,000-metre gold runner, and Yuta Shitara, a Japenese runner who participated in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing grabbing 23rd spot, are also invited under the elite group category.
The Elite full marathon field will have One hundred and seventy-six runners and thirty wheelchair racers.
Only six months are left for the 2020 Summer Olympics to take place, the officials of Tokyo Olympic expressed their views concerning the way to tackle with this deadly virus which can bring some trouble in the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Summer Olympics will begin on Friday, 24 July and end on Sunday, 9 August 2020.
2020 Games head Yoshiro Mori on Thursday said that the Olympics organizers are not considering to take the Olympics. Some sports events have already been canceled or postponed seeing the deadly effect of the coronavirus. This deadly virus first spotted in the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, Wuhan in December. Japan saw its first citizen death due to this virus last Thursday. As of now, it has infected more than 400 people in Japan comprising of the 355 people who had been quarantined on a Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Keeping into consideration the adverse effect the Coronavirus can have on the participant, Tokyo Marathon organizers in January, formed a panel of medical professionals and experts to evaluate the race’s response to the virus crisis. The organizers took preventative safety measures in which they distributed antibacterial moist wipes and surgical masks.
The organizing committee of Tokyo Marathon had earlier asked Chinese runners to let go of this year’s race and to give their best in the 2021’s race event in which the organizers will provide them the discount in the registration fees.
The Asian’s largest marathon will kick off with the wheelchair 10 km marathon at 9:05 in the morning. The runners will have to complete a distance of 42.195 km from the Tokyo Metropolitan government building in Shinjuku to the Tokyo Station.