Tokyo Marathon organizers are drastically reducing the number of participants for this year’s race out of fear of the spread of the virus from China

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STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer

February 17, 2020, 11:02 AM

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TOKYO — Tokyo Marathon organizers drastically reduced the number of participants for this year’s race on Monday out of fear of the spread of the virus coming from China.

The general public is being barred from the race on March 1. It will now be limited to a few hundred elite participants, organizers said in a brief statement.

“We cannot continue to launch the event within the scale we originally anticipated and we regret to inform

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