Olympics: Tokyo 2020 marathon, race stroll occasions rescheduled after Sapporo transfer

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TOKYO (Information) – The ladies’s marathon on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and all of the race walks have been rescheduled, following the controversial resolution taken in October to maneuver the occasions out of the capital 800 kilometers north to town of Sapporo.

FILE PHOTO: A girl carrying the yukata, or informal summer time kimono, walks previous Olympic rings displayed at Nihonbashi district in Tokyo, Japan August 5, 2019. Information/Issei Kato

Tokyo 2020 organizers introduced the rescheduling on Wednesday, following discussions with the Worldwide Olympic Committee and World Athletics, to ease the burden on Nationwide Olympic Committees and athletes touring to northern Japan.

It now signifies that all of the marathon and race stroll occasions are scheduled to be held on 4 consecutive days, from August 6 to 9, with the lads’s marathon remaining on the ultimate day of the Video games, as per custom.

“Athletes’ well being and well-being are at all times on the coronary heart of our considerations, and the choice to maneuver the marathon and race stroll occasions to Sapporo reveals how critically we take such considerations,” the IOC’s Athletes’ Fee chair, Kirsty Coventry, mentioned in a press release.

Each marathons will begin at 7.00 am native time (2200 GMT). The ladies’s marathon was initially set for Aug. 2.

The IOC surprised Video games organizers in October by asserting the marathon, one of the crucial prestigious occasions at any Olympics and one particularly beloved in Japan, could be moved to the northern Japanese metropolis of Sapporo to keep away from the worst of Tokyo’s summer time warmth.

Tokyo temperatures in July and August, when town will host the Video games, frequently exceed 30 levels Celsius with excessive humidity including to the discomfort.

“We respect that… Sapporo Odori Park might be accredited as a venue so rapidly following the choice to maneuver these occasions,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto mentioned.

“With lower than eight months to go till the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Video games, Tokyo 2020 will proceed to work carefully as one workforce with all of the events concerned of their preparation.”

The October resolution didn’t go down properly with organizers, who had already finished in depth planning for the occasions, together with a sequence of cooling measures for the athletes, nor with the Tokyo governor, who reluctantly consented to the transfer.

When Tokyo hosted the Summer season Olympics in 1964, they had been held in October — an choice not attainable resulting from worldwide sports activities schedules. Subsequent yr’s Video games run from July 24 to Aug. 9.

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Further reporting by Karolos Grohmann in Lausanne, Enhancing by Jacqueline Wong and Christian Radnedge