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'Tokyo 2020 Marathon and Race Walks Moved to Sapporo Because of Fears Over Heat'


Andrew Armiger said…
Nice compromise here, yet what a continual circus.
Simon Sumida said…

I have just seen the news in The Guardian and I thought... OK Brett should have written something about it!

I think it is, finally, a sensible decision by the organisation, but it seems a mess to decide it now. What was the point of doing the Trials in the original course, then? And if volunteers and spectators have already arranged trips and accommodation mainly or even just to see the marathon? This is outrageous!!!

And there many other outdoor endurance events which will be dangerous because of heat and humidity. Are they going to move all of them to Sapporo? Ridiculous...
Unknown said…
finally a decision that make sense, I do not want to see the same images of distress as in Doha.
Anonymous said…
In checking this summer's temperatures for Tokyo and Sapporo during the end of July and beginning of August, there is not much difference only a couple of degrees cooler. I wonder if it is worth moving the Marathon to Sapporo for only a couple of degrees....Maybe the humidity is less and would make it more comfortable in Sapporo.
Anyway, neither Tokyo or Sapporo reaches the over 40C heat and the high humidity that the runners faced in Doha.

I was planning to visit Tokyo during the summer Olympics because even though I cannot afford tickets to other events I thought I could participate in cheering on the athletes in the marathon. With the marathon moving to Sapporo, I have cancelled my trip to Japan.
Franckie said…
Japanese athletes train for "Tokyo 2020" and not for "Hokkaido 2020"
Hokkaido 2020 is better for doped athletes
because the harsh climatic conditions are more favorable for athletes "clean"

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