The 40th version of the London Marathon has been postponed from April 26 to October 4. (File pic) © AFP
The 2020 London Marathon, which was scheduled to happen on April 24, has been postponed to October Four because of the international outbreak of coronavirus. The organisers have stated that each runner with a spot will be capable to use their place within the rescheduled occasion with none additional fee. If they select not to participate or are unable to take action, they’ll obtain a refund of their entry charge. Runners might also select to defer their entry to the 2021 race, which is scheduled for April 25 subsequent yr, on fee of the entry charge for 2021, following the usual deferment course of.
“The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority,” Event Director Hugh Brasher stated in an announcement.
“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year.”
The transfer got here on the identical day that each one main soccer matches in Britain had been cancelled till at the very least April three to attempt to include the unfold of COVID-19.
In an announcement launched on Friday, the Premier League stated: “Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on April 4, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.”
The Boston Marathon was additionally moved from April 20 to September 14 on Friday, whereas earlier this month the Paris Marathon was moved to October 18.