The Beijing Marathon refuses Japanese “for security reasons”, the Shanghai Marathon kicked out a Japanese sponsor, but still accepts Japanese runners, writes participant Marc van der Chijs on his weblog.
Marc van der Chijs:
I went to the Beijing Marathon site to check if it’s really true that Japanese can’t join, but after registering as a user I could not continue the registration process because I did not receive their confirmation email. Maybe they put all registrations on hold because people started complaining to the press?
Because I plan to participate in the Shanghai marathon on Dec. 2, I immediately checked their website as well. The Shanghai Marathon kicked out their Japanese sponsor (they were forced to do so by the government), so I was a bit worried that they would also not allow Japanese to join. But luckily that was not the case, so if you are Japanese and living in China (and you’re not sick and tired of all the anti-Japanese campaigns that don’t seem to stop) you could potentially still run in Shanghai.
More at Marc van der Chijs’ weblog.
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- Shanghai nixes Japanese marathon sponsor – Marc van der Chijs (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- China accepts Japanese runners for Beijing Marathon in about-face (english.kyodonews.jp)
- Beijing Marathon bars Japan runners (japantimes.co.jp)