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NEW YORK, United States, May 28 – The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in the event’s 124-year history because of ongoing coronavirus fears, officials confirmed on Thursday.

Boston mayor Marty Walsh said that the race, which had already been postponed to September 14 from its April slot, would not now be held as planned for public health reasons.

“There’s no way to hold the usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity,” Walsh said in an announcement.

“While our goal and our hope was to make progress and contain the virus in recovering our economy, this kind of event would not be responsible or realistic on September 14 or anytime this year.”

The marathon has been held every year without fail since 1897, making it the longest-running major annual marathon in the world.

The other two major marathons scheduled in the US later this year — the October 11 Chicago Marathon and the November 1 New York Marathon — remain on the calendar.

The Boston Athletic Association said that entrants to the marathon could instead take part in a “virtual” Boston Marathon, anytime between September 7–14.

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Entrants would need to complete the 26.2 mile distance within six hours and provide proof of timing, a statement said.

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“Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters,” Boston Athletic Association chief Tom Grilk said in a statement.

“While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon,” Grilk said of the virtual race.

Marathon racing around the world has faced severe disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The London Marathon has been postponed until October while the Tokyo Marathon took place with only a reduced field of elite runners.

The September 27 Berlin Marathon, another of the world’s major marathon races, has also been cancelled.

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Israel Ambassador Oded lauds Konza Technopolis progress – KBC

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The Israel ambassador to Kenya, H.E Oded Joseph was on Thursday taken through a familiarization tour of Konza Technopolis.

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The Ambassador who was received by Eng. John Tanui, Chief Executive Officer, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) was taken through key establishments at the Technopolis including the recently concluded phase 1 data center, the authority’s headquarters as well as the proposed site for an Agri-tech Centre of Excellence.

H.E Oded Joseph said he was impressed by the progress on site, especially the ongoing multipurpose utilities tunnel and roads construction.

“I would like to thank Eng. Tanui for hosting us today. I am very impressed by the progress made so far, as this forms the basis for our engagement. We are keen to build a cooperation between Israel and Kenya and Konza is a place to begin the initiative,” He said.

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“We have discussed several areas of potential cooperation between Israel and Kenya with a focus in technology especially value addition in technology, food security, agriculture, education, ICT and health. We still have work to do, but we look forward to advancing our cooperation with Kenya and the Konza Technopolis in particular,” He added.

On his part, Eng. Tanui expressed his delight in hosting the Israel delegation, terming the visit as a great start in advancing the cooperation between Kenya and Israel through Konza Technopolis.

“I would like to thank his excellency the Ambassador and his team for visiting us today. We at Konza Technopolis are keen to learn from Israel especially in the innovation ecosystem, with Israel being a leader in technology.”

“We have discussed several areas of collaboration, key among them being innovation, on how to bring together our respective ecosystems to provide solutions not only for the Konza Technopolis, but also for Kenya and the world. Through the support of our Ministry of ICT, we are looking to build long term platforms that can benefit both Kenya and Israel in agricultural technology, cyber security among others.” He added.

The familiarization tour is part of an envisioned partnership between KoTDA and the Embassy of Israel, which would incorporate a wide range of activities including development of the Agri-tech Center of Excellence.

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