Fans might not watch Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei defend their London Marathon titles.

The Virgin Money race is set for April 26, but the defending champions might not line up on the streets of British capital should the global health situation not improve in the next couple of weeks.

The duo, who are part of the Kenyan marathon team for the 2020 Summer Olympics, are among the hundreds of the Kenyan athletes who have been affected by the ban on international travels being enforced by the Kenyan government owing to coronavirus.

Kenya has since suspended her sports persons from leaving the country as part of the precautionary measure to thwart any possible outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

As a result, the Athletics Kenya (AK) suspended clearing athletes to take part in any international event until further notice.

“Following the directive from the government and due the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Athletics Kenya has suspended all clearances and travel to international events for athletes and athlete support until further notice,” AK said in a statement.

The statement adds: “In a bid to safeguard the athletes and consequently the country from the virus, we urge all athletes to cancel travel arrangements for the next one month pending further communication.”

The virus has so far claimed over 3,000 lives globally and disrupted many sports events.

Should the situation deteriorate, even the organisers of the London Marathon will have to cancel the event altogether as reported by The Telegraph.

Some of the events that have since been called off include the European Tour Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship as well as the Under 20 Barthe’s Trophy (rugby) that were to be held in Kenya.

Globally, the status of the Olympic is still uncertain though preparations are ongoing amidst calls to postpone the event of call it off altogether.

The Six Nations, the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, the Italian Serie A games have been called off while La Liga matches will be played behind closed doors.

In England, the match between Arsenal and Manchester City was called off due to Covid-19 fear.

The Paris Marathon that was set to take place on April 5 has since been pushed back to October 18; the World Indoor Championship that was set to be held in Nanjing, China was called off same World Athletics Half Marathon Championship was also put on hold until October.

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