translated by Brett Larner
On Feb. 24 the Tokyo Marathon Foundation announced that men's marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia has withdrawn from the Feb. 27 Tokyo Marathon after falling during training in Ethiopia and injuring both knees. Gebrselassie's agent informed race organizers of the development on the evening of Feb. 23.
In October Gebrselassie committed to running the Tokyo Marathon, but just weeks later he announced his retirement following a DNF at November's New York City Marathon. He later reversed his decision to retire.