Officials in Japan have canceled and suspended some sporting events due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The Tokyo Marathon was expected to have 38,000 participants, but due to the transmission of the virus, they were reduced to 200 elite runners. The government has been advising the public not to come together in large crowds.

Japan has taken aggressive actions to stop the spread of the disease in Tokyo because it is scheduled to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo’s organizers and the International Olympic Committee have consistently stated that the Tokyo Olympics should proceed as planned and follow the advice of the World Health Organization. The Olympics, which will commence on July 24, is scheduled to gather 11,000 athletes in Tokyo, followed by the 4,000-athlete Paralympics, which will start on August 25.