Tokyo 2020: Olympic marathon and race walks moved to Sapporo over heat fears

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The race and marathon walking in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics have been moved to Sapporo – 800km into the north – because of its states.
Measures to combat the heat in the capital, including water sprays and shade, have been trialled at evaluation events.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said athlete welfare was”in the center” of modifications.
Sapporo may be up to six degrees cooler than Tokyo in peak summertime.
International Association of Athletics Federations president Lord Coe said:”Giving athletes the ideal platform for their performances within the environment they’re in is fundamental to all significant events, and we will work with the organisers to create the very best marathon and race walk paths for next year’s Olympic Games.”
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