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Sports events resume in Hong Kong

19.10.2021 115 просмотров

On October 24, a marathon run through the streets of the city will take place, and on December 12, a traditional swim across the Victoria Strait is planned.


Mass sports events are resuming in Hong Kong amid a calm epidemic situation (rare isolated cases of coronavirus infection) and the promotion of vaccination, which is already approaching 70% coverage. As the radio station RT-Key reported on Tuesday, a marathon run through the streets of the city will take place on October 24, and a traditional swim across the Victoria Strait is planned on December 12. Last year, both of these events, traditionally gathering tens of thousands of people, did not take place due to the pandemic.

It was decided to reduce the number of participants in the annual race from 74,000 to 18,500 people. They must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus and present negative PCR test results. Races are held over several distances - 10 km, a classic marathon (42 km 195 meters) and a half marathon, as well as a three-kilometer wheelchair race.

A similar event has been held here since 1997 and is sponsored by Standard Chartered. The prize fund is $300,000.

Swimming competitions have been held annually in Hong Kong since 1906. However, in 1978 they were canceled due to the heavy pollution of the bay. The event was resumed only in 2011, but it moved to a cleaner part of the strait on its eastern section.

Since 2017, the competition has been returned to the central part of the metropolis due to improved water quality in the harbor. In 2019, the swim was not held due to massive anti-government protests that swept the city.

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