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Elite runners dropped from Athens Marathon

Elite runners dropped from Athens Marathon due to financial problems

Elite runners dropped from Athens Marathon

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Organizers of the Athens Marathon say the elite competition has been dropped from this year's race due to financial difficulties.

In a statement Tuesday, the Greek Athletics Federation said the decision had been taken for the Nov. 8 race "in light of the economic challenges facing the country and its people."

The amateur race will still take place and is expected to attract a record 16,000 runners, organizers said.

Funding for Greek sport has been severely hit by the country's financial crisis.

The race -- run at the first modern Olympics in 1896 -- retraces the route an Athenian messenger took in 490 BC to bring his fellow citizens news of the victory in the Battle of Marathon against the invading Persians.


Updated : 2021-09-20 07:52 GMT+08:00