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Athletics and Football: Age is no barrier to sport!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

This year’s postponed London Marathon finally takes place on 4 October 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the event is being run locally by competitors.

Amongst the competitors is 87-year-old Ken Jones, who is taking part for the fortieth time and is running laps around the Strabane countryside in Northern Ireland where he lives.

Jones, who has competed in over 112 marathons, is the oldest competitor in this year’s event and has competed every year since the event was first held in 1981.

Another sportsman still going strong is Japanese professional footballer, Kazuyoshi Miura, who is the captain of the top-division club, Yokohama, and is 53 years’ old. His playing career is at least 15 years longer than average and there are no signs of his retirement.

Known as ‘King Kazu’, he is in the Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s oldest goal scorer” and has achieved a God-like status in Japan.

We salute both of them and it all goes to show that age is no barrier to sport either at the elite or grass roots’ levels!

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