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Dubai Marathon: Postponed but definitely not cancelled

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<p">It might well be a question for a quiz question master

with a keen interest in track and field athletics: Why will the Standard

Chartered Dubai Marathon 2006 begin six weeks late? The new date of February 17

instead of January 6 can be explained as follows: two days before the race, the

death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Raschid al-Maktoum was announced. Official mourning

for the ruling emir began straightaway and was due to last for 40 days. Most

athletes as well as managers and journalists were already in Dubai

or had received the news during their flight to the United

Arab Emirates.

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