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No Discussion of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Marathon Start Time at IAAF Council Meeting

IAAF executive and JJAF chairperson Hiroshi Yokokawa told media that at the Dec. 4 IAAF Council meeting in Monaco there had been no specific discussion of the proposal to conclusively fix the start time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathons at 6:00 a.m. He said that the IAAF will implement a comprehensive schedule for the entire athletics competition, including the marathons, in consultation with each director.

"The next Council meeting is not until next March," he said. "The decision has to be made before then, so the talk was that we would work on it as soon as possible. There will probably be a lot of discussion and decision making done via email." In the meantime, there are increasing calls for further countermeasures against the extreme heat expected at the Tokyo Olympics, and the Organizing Committee is continuing to review plans for event start times.

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