The Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru, the only ‘World Athletics’ Gold Label Race in Asia will be now be held on November 22, 2020, as announced by Procam International. The race was scheduled to be held on third Sunday of May as always, and had already been rescheduled once due to pandemic. But the event has been shifted further two months considering the situation in India.
A collaboration among global sporting organizations such as the Association of International Marathons & Distance Running (AIMS), World Athletics (WA), Global Sports Communication (GSC) along with Athletics Federation of India (AFI), and the Govt. of Karnataka, has been the trademark of this event. Vivek Singh, Joint-MD Procam International said, “While this pandemic has plunged the world into a crisis we have never encountered before, we believe this phase will pass, with sport coming through even stronger”.
He further added, “Safety and precaution are paramount for the event. This re-scheduling of the Tata Consultancy Services World 10K, was imminent to regain some form of normalcy, especially for the travel and participation of our international stakeholders. The support and co-operation received from all our stakeholders, has been unparalleled. 22nd November 2020, should give us all necessary time to heal, re-energise and deliver the event with our customary zeal.”
The applications of participants who had already registered would be shifted forward to the rescheduled date while new ones could enter their names from September 8th. Over 24,000 people participated in TCS World 10K 2019. People displayed their kindness by raising an astounding Rs. 5.98 crore for charity. The marathon had a total prize fund of US$213,000, with the men’s and women’s winners taking home US$26,000. The Indian winners took home Rs 275,000, while second and third place finishers got Rs 200,000 and Rs 150,000 respectively.
The 2019 edition saw Agnes Tirop of Kenya shine as she became the first woman to defend her World 10K Bengaluru title and 20-year-old Ethiopian Andamlak Belihu won his maiden men’s race. Among Indians, Parul Chaudhary bagged first position followed by Chinta Yadav. India will be the centre of attention, as 4 different race distances will be throwing up exceptional competition. The world’s most esteemed Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on 18th October 2020, the only World Athletics Silver Label – Tata Steel Kolkata 25K on 20th December 2020 and iconic Tata Mumbai Marathon, on 17th January 2021, will be held as per schedule.