Metal Detectors for Moscow Marathon
All spectators to be screened
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Metal detectors will be installed along the entire course of the Moscow marathon during the the world athletics championships in August, race organizers have announced.
“The only way to guarantee sufficient security for those coming to watch the races is to install metal detectors along the entire 42.195-km (26.2-mile) course,” said the Russian athletics chief, Valentin Balakhnichyov.
Officials said security at airports and hotels will be reviewed in light of the Boston bombing, and they hope to strike a balance between security and oppenness.
“At the same time we don’t want to make Moscow a ghost town,” said Balakhnichyov. We must make sure that spectators, including foreign guests, are not scared away by overzealous policing.”