Beijing Marathon postponed indefinitely

Beijing marathon

FILE PHOTO: Beijing marathon postponed as China fights Delta outbreak.

Photo Credit: South China Morning Post

The Beijing Marathon has been postponed indefinitely after Sunday’s race was called off amid rising COVID-19 cases in China, the BBC quoted organisers as saying.

The BBC reported that the organisers said they were cancelling next weekend’s race “in order to prevent the risk of the epidemic spreading and effectively protect the majority of runners, staff and residents.”

The marathon was set to return this year after it was suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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The Wuhan Marathon, which was due to be held on Sunday, was also called off with a new date yet to be determined.

China reported 43 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, up from 39 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Tuesday.

Confirmed cases in mainland China presently stands at 96,840, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.