Boston Marathon marathon kicks off Marathon Week on Olympic Channel

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The Boston Marathon won’t be held on Patriots’ Day on Monday, but a marathon of recent Boston Marathons will kick off Marathon Week on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA instead.

Every Boston Marathon from 2014-19 will air in a row starting at 6 a.m. ET. The following six days and nights will also feature recent World Marathon Majors, culminating in a London Marathon marathon on April 26, when this year’s race in the British capital was originally scheduled.

It begins with Meb Keflezighi‘s emotional Boston victory in 2014, a year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race. The 2014 Boston Marathon also reairs at 10 p.m. on Monday. Keflezighi became the first U.S. male runner to win Boston since 1983.

In 2018, Des Linden became the first U.S. female runner to win Boston since 1985. Linden’s victory — in perhaps the worst weather conditions in Boston history — airs at 4 p.m.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was rescheduled for Sept. 14.

“It’s an expectation and a hope right now is that this date will get us to a safer place in relation to the spread of the coronavirus,” Boston mayor Marty Walsh said on March 13, while discouraging anyone from trying to run the course on Patriots’ Day. “It’s a date that the BAA [Boston Athletic Association] can make work for their runners.”

It’s one of the most significant alterations to Boston, which has been contested for 123 straight years. In 1918, the last year of World War I, the marathon was still held on Patriots’ Day but as a 10-man military relay race.

Other significant marathons that will air next week:

2017 Chicago Marathon: Galen Rupp becomes the first U.S. male runner to win the race since 2002.
2018 Berlin Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge lowers the world record by 78 seconds to 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds.
2019 Chicago Marathon: Kenyan Brigid Kosgei takes 81 seconds off the women’s world record, clocking 2:14:04.

The revised 2020 World Marathon Major Schedule
March 1 — Tokyo Marathon (completed without mass participation)
Sept. 14 — Boston Marathon
Sept. 27 — Berlin Marathon
Oct. 4 — London Marathon
Oct. 11 — Chicago Marathon
Nov. 1 — New York City Marathon

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Marathon Week TV schedule on Olympic Channel

Day Time (ET) Program Stream Link
Monday 6 a.m. 2014 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 a.m. 2015 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
10 a.m. 2016 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
1 p.m. 2017 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
4 p.m. 2018 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
7 p.m. 2019 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
10 p.m. 2014 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
Tuesday 12 a.m. 2015 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 a.m. 2017 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2018 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2019 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2018 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
Wednesday 11 a.m. 2017 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2018 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2019 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2018 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
Thursday 11 a.m. 2017 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2018 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2019 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2020 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
Friday 11 a.m. 2019 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2020 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
5 p.m. 2019 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2018 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2019 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
Saturday 2 p.m. 2017 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
5 p.m. 2019 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2018 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2019 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
Sunday 6 a.m. 2018 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
9 a.m. 2016 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
12:30 p.m. 2017 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
4:30 p.m. 2018 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
7:30 p.m. 2019 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2018 London Marathon LIVE STREAM

 

World Alpine Skiing Championships on for 2021 after request to delay rejected

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GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year’s skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation.

FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo — the highlight of an Alpine season that faces challenges to find safe protocols for international travel and attending races in Europe, North America and China.

The Veneto region of northern Italy was hit hard by the coronavirus and the season-ending World Cup races in Cortina in mid-March were canceled. That week-long event was to be a test for the 2021 worlds.

“The last month of efforts to come to this solution demonstrates the strong collaborative spirit of the ski family and stakeholders.” FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper said.

Organizers in Italy have said they expect losses of about 30 million euros ($34 million) if the worlds are also canceled. They asked for a postponement to March 2022, which would be only weeks after the Beijing Olympics.

“But we will be ready in any case and we will show that these world championships can change the history of a region despite the current difficulties,” Alessandro Benetton, president of the Cortina organizing committee, said in a statement.

Italian racer Sofia Goggia, the 2018 Olympic downhill champion, said she was “happy for Cortina because it will host the first major international event after the coronavirus epidemic.”

Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Olympics, will co-host the 2026 Winter Games with Milan and use the worlds as a showcase for the resort.

The women’s World Cup downhill on the Olympia delle Tofane course each January is one of the most scenic in the sport with a signature jump between tall outcrops of jagged rock.

The Dolomites venue was awarded the 2021 worlds by FIS after missing out as a candidate four straight times from 2013-19.

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Russia track and field athlete clearance frozen due to unpaid fine

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MONACO (AP) — The program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally will be frozen because the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time, World Athletics said Thursday.

The Russian track federation, known as RusAF, owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics said RusAF missed Wednesday’s deadline to pay.

World Athletics said it would freeze the work of the Doping Review Board, which vets Russian athletes who want the “authorized neutral athlete” status that allows them to compete internationally, and its taskforce monitoring RusAF’s anti-doping reforms.

World Athletics said both bodies will be “put on hold” until its council meets to discuss the situation at the end of July.

“RusAF is letting its athletes down badly,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “We have done as much as we can to expedite our ANA process and support RusAF with its reinstatement plan, but seemingly to no avail.”

RusAF president Yevgeny Yurchenko earlier told the Tass state news agency that his federation’s finances were damaged by the coronavirus pandemic and that it had asked for more time to pay.

World Athletics’ statement didn’t directly address that issue, but said Russia hadn’t indicated when it would pay.

Russia was fined $10 million by World Athletics in March, with $5 million suspended for two years, after the federation admitted to breaking anti-doping rules and obstructing an investigation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said fake documents were used under the previous management to give an athlete an alibi for missing a doping test.

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