- Event Director, Hugh Brasher confirmed yesterday that Ethiopian runner Degitu Azimeraw will not be competing in Sunday's London Marathon due to a positive Covid-19 test.
London Marathon organisers are doing all they can to ensure Sunday’s marathon is as safe as it can be, during a global pandemic. The athletes have formed a ‘biosecure bubble’, staying in the same hotel for the week with their teams, they were all tested for Covid-19 before flying to London, on the day they arrived and will be tested on Friday. All athletes and their teams are also wearing ‘Bump devices’, which alert them if they get too close to one another and record how long they spend in the proximity of others.
They also made it very clear that should an athlete test positive, they would not be allowed to compete. Event Director, Hugh Brasher confirmed yesterday that Ethiopian runner Degitu Azimeraw will not be competing in Sunday’s race due to a positive Covid-19 test.
Azimeraw was the winner of the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon. Her coach Haji Adilo aslo tested positive in Ethiopia. ‘As a result (of the positive tests), they didn’t get on the plane’, Brasher said.
Adilo is also the coach of Ethiopian runners Shura Kitata and Alemu Megertu, who will both remain in the elite race because they had no ‘face-to-face contact’ with Adilo in the past few weeks, Brasher confirmed.
It’s set to be an interesting race, with the highly-anticipated competition between Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele in the men’s elite race. The women's race is headlined by world record holder Brigid Kosgei and five other women who have run inside 2:20 - current world champion Ruth Chepngetich, 2019 Valencia Marathon champion Roza Dereje, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot and 2019 Frankfurt Marathon winner Valary Jemeli.
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