The organizers of the annual Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Wednesday said that the hosting of the 42km race in 2021 was not under threat yet, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Media Officer of the race, Kayode Thomas, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Thomas said he was optimistic that the race which achieved a silver label this year, would not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which had limited the number of sports events worldwide.
“Next year’s marathon will go ahead as planned. It is true that some marathons across the world have been canceled but some are going on as planned just like Hamburg in Germany.
“The Hamburg Marathon is one of the biggest in the world and it is coming up in September as planned but because of restrictions in Germany, the organizers have scaled down the number of participants.
“The number of runners for the race has been scaled down to 10,000 runners but as the case is, Nigeria is better off in terms of COVID-19 pandemic compared to Germany in terms of an outbreak.
“What the organizers have put in place in Germany is social distancing and other protocols and also modifying the race in so many ways but the race will go on as planned,” he said.