This year's Hong Kong Marathon has been cancelled because of fears over the coronavirus outbreak, it has been announced.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has declared the highest level of emergency in response to the outbreak, raising it from the previous state of "serious", leading to the race on February 9 being abandoned.
The event had already attracted a full quota of 74,000 participants who were due to be running in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island in three different events - 10 kilometres, half-marathon and the full marathon.
All the entrants will have their entry fees returned.
"Public health is our top priority," a statement from Hong Kong Marathon officials said.
"To support the Government’s epidemic prevention efforts, the organiser has decided to cancel the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon originally scheduled for 8 and 9 February."
The Marathon is the biggest participation event in Hong Kong but organisers had already dialled down publicity for this year's race because of the anti-Government protests that have been taking place in the territory.
Last year's races were won by Kenya's Barnabas Kiptum and Belarus' Volha Mazuronak.
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