ZIMBABWE’S lengthy distance runner Munyaradzai Jari has been left dissatisfied following the postponement of the Entry Financial institution Lagos Metropolis Marathon.
Jari is likely one of the a number of distance runners the Nationwide Athletics Affiliation of Zimbabwe is hoping will make the qualifying time for marathon, for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.
The Video games had been moved to this this 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic and are anticipated to happen from July 23 to August 8.
The marathon, had been scheduled for February 13 and for Jari it was going to current him with a possibility to try to try qualification for the Video games.
Races have been restricted because of the pandemic and after being confirmed as one of many athletes invited to compete in Lagos subsequent month, Jari, had hoped to present it his all.
However the organisers introduced the postponement of the race on Monday.
“On behalf of the organiser of Entry Again Lagos Metropolis Marathon, I need to inform you that because of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the sixth version of the Entry Financial institution Lagos Metropolis Marathon going down on the thirteenth of February, 2021, in Lagos State, Nigeria will likely be postponed until the tenth of April 2021,” learn a part of the letter by Entry Financial institution Lagos Metropolis Marathon normal supervisor Yussuf Alli.
He has to attend till April and all will rely additionally on the setting.
“I’m very dissatisfied particularly contemplating that I’ve been away from my household for thus lengthy. However as an athlete and as somebody who has a aim to attain I cannot lose hope as a result of something can occur from March going ahead,” stated Jari.
He has been in Kenya since final 12 months October as a part of his preparations. The seasoned runner additionally missed out on the London Marathon final 12 months, which he had focused once more for qualification.