London Marathon: Message from organizers on October-set-date amid Covid-19

Eliud Kipchoge. Image|Courtesy

The 40th edition of London Marathon could still go on as planned in October, should a possible vaccine for novel coronavirus be discovered.

According to BBC Sports, the organisers of the event have "not given up hope" of holding the event, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Marathon was originally scheduled for 26 April but later rescheduled to 4 October at the start of the outbreak.

Director Hugh Brasher said if the world will have found a way through coronavirus by October, and it is his hope it will, the race will go on as planned.

"Whatever decision we take will be in line with our values and with the responsibility we have," Brasher said.

Brasher further urged athletes to stay safe, focus on keeping healthy as they practice for the race.

"Focus on your own health and the health of those around you. Focus on running and exercise," he added.

He added, "We still don't know whether we will be able run together, walk together and be together on that journey of 26.2 miles on 4 October," Brasher added.

"Almost every day we hear hopeful news from other countries and we hear tales of despair.

"However, what we do know is that we have hope, desire and ingenuity."

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge claimed a record fourth title in the men's elite race, while Brigid Kosgei took the women's title in the 2019 edition, which saw nearly 43,000 runners participate.

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