Olympic Games marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge’s mission to compete at the Hamburg marathon in Germany has been moved to NN Mission Marathon at the Enschede in the Netherlands.
The rescheduled race that was set to be run on 11th April was moved to April 18th in the Netherlands due to the upsurge of coronavirus in Germany.
On Tuesday evening, race organizers announced that the race will be run in the Netherlands.
This is a blow to Kipchoge, who started his marathon career at Hamburg and was returning to the course in Germany for the first time since 2014 and now he will be forced to compete in another country.
“NN Mission Marathon will go ahead as planned on April 18 and will be moved from Hamburg to Enschede, The Netherlands, on the specially designed course on Twente Airport which will be closed for general audience.”
This is the first marathon this year for world record holder Eliud Kipchoge after finishing eighth in London last year.
The one-off marathon has been organised to serve up an opportunity for athletes to run a fast race and in many cases to help secure a qualification mark for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games.
Kipchoge is set to take part in the race alongside former Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda, Laban Korir, Jonathan Korir, Augustine Choge and Ethiopia’s Haven Hailu while Gladys Chesir will be competing in the women category.
Kipchoge is using the race as part of his build up towards the Olympic Games where he is looking forward to defend his title.