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Hong Kong marathon safer than dining out, says organizer

Hong Kong marathon safer than dining out, says organizer

The organizer of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon said on Friday that the risk for runners participating in the race contracting Covid is much lower than people dining out.
The Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates’ comments came after they issued an ultimatum to authorities to green light the November 20 race by next week or it will have to be canceled.

Speaking on a radio program this morning, Association executive director Dennis Ng Yu-ho said runners would be required to provide a "blue code" vaccination pass to show at least three shots of vaccine and to present a 48-hour negative PCR result. A rapid test would be needed on race day.

The association said yesterday they have been in active communication with government departments since last year and in June it handed in a proposal to cut the number of runners to 25,000 from 37,000, which was the minimum the association could accept.

Ng also noted that in order to comply with social distancing measures the association is willing to split runners into groups of 500 with staggered starts and using Island Eastern Corridor for the 10km course.

He hoped authorities will approve the proposal by next week to allow the association to prepare ahead or it would have to reconsider whether to still hold the race.
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