Mumbai: For the first time since its
inception eight years ago, the USD 325,000 Standard Chartered
Mumbai Marathon will be run on January 16 without the
blessings of the Athletics Federation of India.
"They have been invited but there`s what I will call a
lack of response. But the marathon has the gold label status
from the IAAF (international athletics body)," said race
director Hugh Jones at a media conference here today.
The AFI has kept away from the event this year following
a dispute over payment of capitation fee to it from race
organisers Procam International.
Jones, who is also the general secretary of the
Association of International Marathon and Distance Running
and a former winner of the London Marathon, will oversee
Sunday`s gruelling race which has attracted a strong field
that includes Kenya`s Delhi Commonwealth Games Champion and
two-time winner John Kelei.
The event`s technical delegate is Dave Cundy who is to
officiate in Mumbai for the first time after having conducted
the Delhi half marathon and Bangalore 10k events in the past.
The men`s and women`s winners of the gruelling 42-km
event would take home USD 36,000 each.
Among the top Indians who would be taking part in the
half marathon are Asian Games medal winners Kavita Raut, a
10,000m specialist, and steeplechaser Sudha Singh who picked
up a gold in the Guangzhou Games in November, 2010.