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Race news LSR Colombo Marathon

13 July 2021, 2pm

Prohibition on mass events continues

LSR Colombo Marathon 2021 cancelled

by Ryan Fernando


Sri Lanka has been climbing up the Covid ladder in the last couple of months moving the the Sri Lankan Government to take strict measures concerning travel both to and within the country.

This is having a huge impact on the country’s economy – especially in the tourism and the sports sectors to which LSR is so heavily committed. We have the feeling of repeatedly being stampeded by the virus with its different variants.

More positively Sri Lanka has embarked on a speedy vaccination programme in which 1.42 million citizens (6.5% of the population) have been fully vaccinated. It is hoped that by the end of this year at least 60% of the eligible population will be fully vaccinated.

The Government is taking various steps to improve conditions by relaxing rules on the advice received from the Health Authorities but large crowd gatherings for any event are strictly prohibited. Travel restrictions are still in place for certain countries and for certain areas within the country.

This situation has forced us to cancel the annual Sri Lanka T-Cup Road Cycling Event which is under the sanction of the UCI and, several other events which were jointly organised with the Ministry of Youth & Sports as well. This being the situation the LSR Colombo Marathon Management Team have now decided to cancel the 2021 event previously scheduled for 3 October.

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