Saitama International Marathon to be Discontinued
It has been discovered that the Saitama metropolitan govt and the JAAF, organizers of the Saitama International Marathon used as a ramification race for World Championships and Olympic groups, plan now not to grasp the race this 12 months due to issues of attracting elite athletes and different problems. Launched in 2015 because the successor to the discontinued Yokohama International Women’s Marathon, the yearly Saitama International Marathon used to be the primary World Athletics-certified marathon within the prefecture of Saitama.
But due to its hilly path Saitama earned a name for sluggish instances, and instances of elite Japanese ladies canceling plans to run changed into increasingly more common. At remaining month’s 5th version, in spite of the chance to earn a spot at the 2020 Olympic staff just one elite Japanese lady competed. According to an individual concerned within the state of affairs, it used to be not conceivable to justify spending over 700 million yen (~$6.four million USD) to grasp a countrywide staff variety race with reducing participation and recognition.
In mild of that state of affairs, the consensus has been reached now not to grasp the development this 12 months. However, with the accompanying mass participation race having attracted virtually 20,000 runners remaining 12 months to rank it as one in all Japan’s greatest marathons, the organizers are exploring choices to reshape it as a mass participation newbie tournament starting subsequent 12 months. However, due to the need of ultimate primary roads for a longer time frame, prices for street closure allows and safety for the development are prime. And on account of very good mass transportation get right of entry to to the development from the Tokyo metropolitan house, some critics have identified that the loss of folks staying in native lodges for the race limits its financial get advantages to the area.
Costs have additionally been prime due to adjustments the organizers have made annually in an effort to make the path flatter. Despite the ones efforts, in together with Saitama within the collection of races wherein Japanese ladies may qualify for the MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials the JAAF set the qualifying time one minute slower for Saitama than for the Osaka International Women’s Marathon and Nagoya Women’s Marathon. Even so, now not a unmarried athlete certified at both version of Saitama held inside the qualifying window. Compared to the lone Japanese lady who competed in Saitama in December ten are set to race in Osaka this weekend, illustrating Saitama’s loss of recognition.
translated and edited by way of Brett Larner