March 5, 2020 / 8:25 PM / 11 days ago

Paris marathon postponed due to coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Paris Marathon - Paris, France - April 14, 2019 General view during the marathon REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris marathon has been postponed from April 5 to Oct. 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said on Thursday.

“In order to avoid a late cancellation that would penalize the participants, we have, in agreement with the Paris mayor’s office, decided to postpone the Paris marathon to Oct. 18,” Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) said in a statement.

About 423 coronavirus cases have been reported and seven people have died in France, the European country second most affected by coronavirus after Italy.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond

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