The Gold-Label race event has been forced to shift for a second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru, Asia’s only gold-label race, has announced that it would now be held on November 22, 2020.
Traditionally held on the third Sunday of May every year, the World 10K Bengaluru had already been rescheduled once due to the coronavirus pandemic but it has been decided to move the event a further two months down the line considering the situation in India.
“These are unprecedented times and the world has not witnessed a prolonged fight against a pandemic such as this,” race director Hugh Jones said..
“Postponing an event of this magnitude is never easy. We are fortunate that all stakeholders were on board with this new date and they too are of the belief that runners’ safety comes first.”
The statement also stated that the applications of participants who had already registered would be carried forward to the postponed date while new ones could enter their names from September 8th.
It added that the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Tata Steel Kolkata 25K and the Tata Mumbai Marathon would go ahead as scheduled on October 18, December 20 (2020) and January 17 (2021) respectively.
The TCS World 10K Bengaluru, an Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) certified road event, started in 2008 and has had numerous big names like Carl Lewis, Marie-Jose Perec and Mike Powell as its brand ambassador over the years.
The 2019 edition saw Agnes Tirop of Kenya create history as she became the first woman to defend her World 10K Bengaluru title while 20-year-old Ethiopian Andamlak Belihu took his first win in the men’s race.
Among the Indian elites, Sanjivani Jadhav took the top honours for a second-consecutive year in the women’s race, ahead of Parul Chaudhary with the sprightly Chinta Yadav finishing third.
Karan Singh won the men’s Indian elite run, springing a surprise on pre-race favourite Lakshmanan Govindan and more impressively, Olympian Avinash Sable.