Tokyo marathon 2021 pushed back until after Olympics amid COVID-19 concerns

Next year's Tokyo marathon has been postponed until after the delayed Tokyo Olympics, the organizers said Friday, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact sporting events across the world.

The race was originally scheduled to take place on March 7 and was expected to allow around 38,000 runners to participate.

But due to restricted entry in Japan, the race has now been pushed back to October 17.

Tokyo is one of the six World Marathon Majors along with Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York and London.

The first four of these were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, while the London event was held last weekend featuring only elite runners in a "controlled secure biosphere" around St James's Park.

The 2020 Tokyo event was also held under a similar format on March 1.

The decision to postpone the Tokyo marathon comes amid concerns over whether the Olympics, which was also pushed back by a year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, can be held safely starting July 23, 2021.

(Cover image: Runners start for the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo, March 1, 2020. /VCG)

Source(s): Reuters