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More cancellations and closures due to coronavirus

The number of event cancellations due to fears surrounding coronavirus continues to increase

Less than a week after organizers of Tokyo 2020 said that cancelling the Olympics is not an option they’re considering, more events have been cancelled due to fears surrounding the coronavirus. The Paris Half-Marathon and FISU cross-country championships were added to the list of cancellations over the weekend, and as of today, Nike’s European headquarters have been closed.


Photo: Paris Marathon

In January, the World Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were scheduled for March 13 to 15 in Nanjing, China, were cancelled and postponed until 2021.¬†On February 17, it was announced that the Tokyo Marathon’s mass participation race was cancelled and only elite and wheelchair athletes would be permitted to race.

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The FISU World University Cross-Country Championships were set for March 7 in Marrakech, Morocco, but they have also been cancelled, with hopes that the event can be rescheduled for a later date.

Team Canada at the 2014 FISU cross-country championships. Photo: Chris Moulton

The Paris Half-Marathon was supposed to be run on Sunday, March 1, but the day before, event organizers informed all 44,000 entrants that the race would not go ahead as planned. Like the World Indoor Championships and FISU cross-country, organizers in Paris said that the event will happen eventually, but its postponement date has yet to be determined.

The decision to call the race off came after 57 confirmed cases of the virus on Friday jumped to 73 by Saturday.

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As for Nike, it was announced that the company’s European headquarters in Amsterdam will be closed after it was confirmed an employee was infected by the virus. The headquarters will remain closed for a couple of days while the entire premises are disinfected.