Athletics: Chicago Marathon cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Marathon - Chicago, Illinois, United States - October 13, 2019 Kenya's Lawrence Cherono in action before winning the men's marathon REUTERS/Mike Segar

(Reuters) - The Chicago Marathon scheduled for Oct. 11 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Monday.

“In response to the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Chicago announced the decision to cancel the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and all race weekend activities,” organisers said in a statement.

The race was the latest World Marathon Major disrupted by the worldwide novel coronavirus outbreak.

Last month, the New York City Marathon, one of the most prestigious events on the global running calendar, was cancelled due to the pandemic while the Boston Marathon was also cancelled for the first time in its 124-year history.

Plans for a 2020 Berlin Marathon were also scrapped.

The London Marathon, originally set for April, was postponed to Oct. 4, with organisers planning further updates on the race later this month.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru and Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Ken Ferris