Affected by the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, the Tokyo Marathon canceled the Volkswagen Group competition
On February 17, according to Japanese media reports, the Tokyo Marathon Organizing Committee announced that, taking into account the impact of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, the 2020 Tokyo Marathon, originally scheduled for March 1, will cancel the popular group competition and retain only the elite group.The number of participants is expected to replace about 200 from 38,000. According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, as of February 16, there were 414 people diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia in Japan, of which 355 were diagnosed on the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship.On about February 16th, the number of confirmed cases of the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship increased by 70 people, 6 people in Tokyo and 1 person in Aichi Prefecture.At the Air Force’s one-day press conference, Japanese Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Kato said that the new crown pneumonia epidemic has begun to spread in Japan. Against this background, including the Kyoto Marathon and the Kumamoto Marathon, a number of 12 marathon events in Japan started on February 16, and the number of participants was about 50.In fact, the outside world has also been targeted one after another. The Tokyo Marathon, which is more seriously affected by the epidemic, is suitable for scale and even closed. In fact, as early as this month, considering the impact of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, the Tokyo Marathon Organizing Committee has issued several notices, which has led Chinese runners to voluntarily give up this year’s race and promise to automatically obtain the right to participate next year.The China Athletic Association has also issued a document a few days ago, suggesting that runners try not to go abroad to compete in the near future. This year is the Olympic year. As one of the six grand slam events of the world marathon, the Tokyo Marathon was originally regarded as an important preview.According to reports, the Tokyo Marathon Organizing Committee held an emergency meeting and finally decided to cancel the decision of the Volkswagen Group competition. On March 1st, only 200 elite athletes will participate.Proofreading Wu Xingfa