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Coronavirus: Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes

Asia's largest marathon bars 'general participants' as COVID-19 fears spread

The Tokyo Marathon is now telling the mass majority of the 38,000 runners it has accepted to run in the event on March 1 not to show up.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Marathon organizers will move to limit the race's impact on the coronavirus crisis by allowing only elite athletes, including wheelchair racers, to take part in the upcoming pre-Olympic event, sources said Monday.

Of the 38,000 participants who were scheduled to run on March 1, the sources said those in the "general participants" category will not be permitted to take part because of the virus outbreak in China which has already affected a number of other sports events.

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