World marathon body cancels congress over coronavirus fears


The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) has taken the decision to cancel their 23rd World Congress, scheduled to take place in Batumi, Georgia between 23 - 26 April 2020.

In a statement released to the media, the body explained the reason for their decision was based on the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.

"Due to the ongoing global spread of ‘COVID-19’ (or ‘Coronavirus’), on 28 of February the World Health Organisation (WHO) revised their assessment of the risks of further spread and impact of the infection from ‘high’ to ‘very high’.

Taking the advice of the WHO, the AIMS Board, in consultation with the Local Organisation Manager have decided, to protect the health of AIMS Members, speakers and visitors, that the right decision is to suspend the Congress as scheduled.

It has been proposed that the AIMS Organising Committee (AOC) of the Batumi World Congress should determine, as soon as possible, whether the Congress be cancelled completely, or postponed to a later date. The AIMS Board have decided that a formal decision on a rescheduled date and location will be taken in the next three months (March to May)," the statement concluded.

- Association of Internation Marathon and Distance Races

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
England 0
West Indies 32/4
loading... Live
England 0
West Indies 32/4
loading... Live
Southampton 0
Burnley 1
loading... Live
Leeds United 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
loading... Live
Everton 1
Watford 1
loading... Live
Crystal Palace 0
Newcastle United 0
loading... Live
Maritzburg United 0
TS Galaxy FC 0
Voting Booth
After the opening weekend of URC action, what did you make of the South African struggles?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
It exposed the quality of South African rugby...
38% - 2097 votes
There were positives to take
7% - 367 votes
We shouldn't read too much into one weekend
16% - 919 votes
It will take the SA sides time to adjust to the new competition
39% - 2191 votes