10 Mar

North Korea Lifts Ban

North Korea MarathonRunners hoping to compete in the Pyongyang Marathon on 12 April could be in luck as North Korea has ended its four-month ban on foreign visitors due to fears of Ebola. It had been thought international runners wouldn't be able to compete at the event after an announcement made in February rescinded entries for foreigners.

Now it seems there's a chance the lifting of the ban could lead to organisers reversing their decision.
 
Tour company Koryo Tours said: "This has been a truly extraordinary period in the history of North Korean travel, and we’d like to genuinely thank all of our tourists for being so understanding during what must have been an extremely frustrating time for you during all the recent uncertainty."
 
Last year was the first time foreign amateur and professional participants were allowed to enter the race. About 225 overseas runners took part in the 27-year-old event. 
 
The marathon in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, celebrates the birth of Kim Il Sung, the nation’s founder and grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong Un.