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Pune International Marathon to go cashless
Sports Reporter | Wednesday, 11 January 2017 AT 11:02 AM IST
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The current cash crunch means the marathon organisers will pay the prize money via RTGS.

Pune: The Pune International Marathon (PIM) is the latest to fall prey to demonetisation as the organisers have decided to beat the cash crunch by making its 31st edition ‘cashless’.

Another change the Marathon will witness will be the starting point. Considering the logistical convenience, the full marathon, half marathon, 5 and 10 KM runs will commence from the Baburao Sanas Ground near Sarasbaug.

PIM convener Pralhad Savant said the move will make it easier for the participants, spectators, organisers and even the traffic cops to maneuver the traffic on busy city roads.

Savant further added the demonetization of the higher denomination of currency notes affected not just the registration process, but also creating problems in organizing the event, prompting the organisers to postpone the event.

Event postponed-

Earlier, the 31st Pune International Marathon 2016, considered as one of the premier marathons in the country since 1983, was supposed to be organised on December 4.

“Thousands of runners, including several athletes from various countries come to Pune to take part in the mega event every year, however, in the wake of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, there are possibilities that participants and volunteers associated with the event might face hardships and inconvenience,” one of the organisers of the PIM had said.

He further added the total expense of the event is approximately Rs 1.5 crore and majority of the transactions are done by cheques.

“However, there are miscellaneous and small expenses which can not be done through online or cheque transactions,” he added.

Since foreign runners also come in big numbers, they might face inconvenience in getting their money exchanged as there are long queues before the banks and ATMs.

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