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Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele and Olympic boss Eliud Kipchoge have been affirmed for October 4 after coordinators for the London Marathon declared the race will go on in spite of the difficulties presented by the pandemic. 

 

"Tip top races for men, ladies and wheelchair competitors will happen on an encased circled course in St James' Park in a protected biosphere and times will be qualified for Olympic capability," Kenya's Capital FM cited an announcement from the coordinators on Thursday evening as saying. 

 

Ladies' reality record holder Brigid Kosgei has additionally been affirmed for the race and will feature the ladies' field. The race had at first been set for April 26 however was retired as the world wrestled with the infection. 

 

The coordinators further said there will be no observer access to keep up the biosphere however BBC Sport intends to communicate eight hours of inclusion during the day. Likewise, the London Marathon will move from its standard April date to Sunday 3 October to give the most obvious opportunity for the mass race to return in 2021.

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