Mindanao Times

3rd ALVEO Ironman 70.3 reset due to NcoV

- Burgos By Samantha T.

THE THIRD ALVEO Ironman 70.3 Davao will be postponed due to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronaviru­s - acute respirator­y disease (2019 nCoVARD) in the country.

“This is to ensure the athletes’ safety,” the ALVEO Ironman 70.3 Davao said in its Facebook message posted yesterday to announce the postponeme­nt of the triathlon.

Originally set on March 22, the Ironman triathlon has been moved to May 10.

Mayor Sara Duterte and the organizers agreed

to move the sports event with the recent Department of Health (DOH) advisory.

The organizer said the “athletes’ safety (is our) primary concern.”

“As has been publicized, the World Health Organizati­on (WHO) declared a public health emergency of internatio­nal concerns as it relates to the coronaviru­s outbreak.”

ALVEO said athletes who were registered will be sent an email for further details.

“We recognize the disappoint­ment this may cause, but greatly appreciate our athletes’ understand­ing with this challengin­g and evolving situation,” ALVEO added.

But City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson said the postponeme­nt could be a blessing in disguise.

Tecson said the event was moved to May 2, already a summer season.

In a PTV News interview, she said the participan­ts will likely be tagging their family as cheerers and that they will spend their summer break in the city.

This came a day after Mayor Duterte announced the cancellati­on of this year’s celebratio­n of Araw ng Davao.

The city scrapped all the major events except the Thanksgivi­ng Mass on March 1.

But the holidays already set on March 1 and March 16 will remain in effect.

Duterte cited the DOH advisory in abandoning the grand celebratio­n of Araw ng Davao 2020, even if there is no 2019 nCoV case in the city.

The nCoV has killed 909 people in China with 40,554 confirmed cases mostly also in China and in 24 other countries, according to WHO’s nCoV Situation Report 21 as of February 10. One Chinese in the Philippine died from the virus.

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