thousands of foreign runners deprived of the New York Marathon

Up to one day, thousands of foreign runners, including European, British, Indian and Chinese nationals, will not be able to participate in the legendary New York marathon. It takes place on November 7, the day before the lifting of the “travel ban”, involving the reopening of the borders of the United States, closed for a year and a half.

The finding was established in a discreet statement from the organizers of the race, NYRR, published Friday evening October 15 on their website. “International participants who cannot travel to the United States due to the President of the United States’ ban [datant de la présidence de Donald Trump au printemps 2020] will be eligible to defer their entry into the 2022 New York Marathon ”, reports the press release.

However, the rejected participants must “Claim” their postponement to the 2022 edition between “October 21 and November 3, 2021”, against the sum of « 75 dollars ». Before I can re-register early next year. Any cancellation for the 2021 edition will not be refunded.

The return of the marathon

After more than eighteen months of closing its borders, the United States announced on Friday that it would reopen them on November 8 for the millions of travelers banned from entering due to the pandemic, but on condition that ” they are vaccinated against Covid-19.

The organizers of the marathon referred to the list drawn up by the American health authorities of the countries concerned for a year and a half by the travel ban, unless there is an overriding reason: these are all the European countries of the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, India, China and Iran.

Read also Covid-19: United States to lift restrictions on November 8 for vaccinated travelers

The New York marathon – which ends in Central Park after crossing the great bridges of New York – was canceled in 2020, a terrible year for the megalopolis ravaged by the pandemic. The 2021 edition, the 50e, was to welcome some 33,000 runners, or 60% of the 53,000 registered in 2019.

Before the pandemic, the legendary marathon created in 1970 attracted more than 250,000 tourists each year, for an economic impact estimated at $ 415 million in 2015.

The World with AFP

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