Thousands of runners have been disqualified from Mexico’s hottest marathon after accusations of mass dishonest.
Around 11,000 persons are reported to have minimize corners within the capital Mexico City, with some complaints suggesting rivals rode bikes and even public transport in components, based on Spanish paper Marca.
A timing detection system put in within the course is supposed to detect runners as they move sure factors within the race, that means anybody who misses a checkpoint may increase suspicions.
The organisers of the race confirmed investigations are beneath means and anybody who cheated has been disqualified.
“The Mexico City Sports Institute informs that it will proceed to identify those cases in which participants of the XL Mexico City Marathon Telcel 2023 have demonstrated an unsportsmanlike attitude during the event and will invalidate their registration times,” organisers mentioned.
“This great event not only represents an outstanding celebration for all the inhabitants of the capital, but also an occasion to reaffirm the transcendental values of sport.”
The Mexico City Marathon holds World Athletics Gold Label Status, which is given to occasions upholding the strictest requirements for organisation and supply.
This race has been dogged by disqualification earlier than, with 6,000 denied medals in 2017 and one other 3,090 the next 12 months – all for dishonest.
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Some have reportedly blamed defective know-how for failing to ping them at checkpoints, however World Athletics seem to have backed the hosts.
“It is always disappointing to hear that people choose to cheat in our sport, such as the cheating that occurred in the mass race at the Mexico City Marathon on 27 August,” the governing physique instructed Sky News.
“However, many race organisers use mass timing detection systems in today’s races and their effectiveness can be seen with the race organisers of this event who had the proper checkpoints in place, and have taken appropriate action by swiftly disqualifying all athletes who chose to cheat.”