Tokyo 2020: Olympic marathon and drag walks moved to Sapporo over warmth fears

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Tokyo 2020: Olympic marathon and drag walks moved to Sapporo over warmth fears
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the males’s marathon on the Rio Games in 2016

The marathon and drag strolling at subsequent summer season’s Tokyo Olympics had been moved to Sapporo – 800km to the north – thanks to its cooler prerequisites.

Measures to fight the warmth within the Jap capital, alongside side better color and water sprays, had been trialled at test events this summer season.

World Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach acknowledged athlete welfare became once “on the center” of adjustments.

Sapporo is vulnerable to be as a lot as six degrees cooler than Tokyo in peak summer season.

World Affiliation of Athletics Federations president Lord Coe acknowledged: “Giving athletes the supreme platform for their performances at some level of the atmosphere they’re in is central to all predominant events, and we can work with the organisers to create the very best marathon and drag proceed lessons for subsequent yr’s Olympic Games.”

Tokyo 2020 tournament adjustments

  • Athletics – longer distance races scheduled within the evening lessons best; earlier originate up times for marathon and drag proceed events.
  • Rugby sevens – all morning video games scheduled to carry out sooner than noon local time.
  • Biking: mountain bike originate up time delayed to 15:00