The organizers of the Beijing Marathon have announced that they have postponed the race that was to be held on Sunday (31) in Beijing, China.
The organisers cited the safety of runners, staff and residents. It followed the postponement of the Wuhan marathon, which was scheduled for Sunday.
China reported 39 new domestic infections on Monday (Oct 25), in an outbreak spread by a travelling group of tourists in the latest test of the country’s zero-tolerance approach with just over 100 days until the start of the Games.
The organisers said in a statement dated Sunday that the run would be postponed until further notice “in order to prevent the risk of the epidemic spreading (and) effectively protect the health and safety of the majority of runners, staff and residents”.
About 30,000 people were expected to participate in the 40th Beijing marathon, which has run since 1981. More than 130 cases have been linked to the outbreak of the Delta variant since 17 October, a spokesperson for the national health commission, Mi Feng, said on Sunday.
The recent spate of domestic infections involve a strain of the Delta variant from abroad, health officials have said.
The cancellations come as Beijing will on Wednesday mark 100 days before the Winter Olympics, which are set to open on Feb 4.