Tokyo Olympics marathons to be moved to Sapporo to avoid searing heat

first_img Next Tokyo Olympics marathons to be moved to Sapporo to avoid searing heatThe International Olympic committee on Wednesday came up with a plan in which marathons and race walking events will be moved from Tokyo to Sapporo wherein the forecast temperatures are 5 to 6 degrees cooler during the day than in Tokyo. Associated Press TokyoOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 20:08 IST World Athletics Championships: Men’s marathon in Doha (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarathons and race walking events at Olympics 2020 to be held in SapporoDecision to move marathons and race walking out of Tokyo due to heat fearsAn Olympic panel has been assessing heat and weather issues for Tokyo GamesThe International Olympic Committee wants to move the Tokyo Games marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to avoid the searing heat in the city.The IOC detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events in Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics, which “will mean significantly lower temperatures for the athletes.”Forecast temperatures in Sapporo are “five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day than in Tokyo,” the Olympic body said.”The Olympic Games are the platform where athletes can give ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ performances, and these measures ensure they have the conditions to give their best,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.An Olympic panel has been assessing heat and weather issues for the July 24-Aug. 9 games and is consulting with sports governing bodies.”The IOC working group identified the marathon and race walk as the events that would put particular heat stress on the athletes,” it said.The marathons were already due to start at 6 a.m. in Tokyo to ease the heat effect on runners. The men’s 50-kilometer race walk final was slated for a 5:30 a.m. start.Marathons were run after midnight in 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) this month at the track and field world championships in Doha, Qatar.The IOC said it informed the track body and said it will consult with Olympic teams and broadcasters.An Olympic panel overseeing games preparation will discuss heat measures at its Oct. 30-Nov. 1 meeting in Tokyo.”These include better shade, water sprays, better access to water supplies and an initiative to help the athletes in their preparations,” the IOC said.advertisementThe plan driven by increasing summer heat cuts into a key promise of Tokyo’s bidding, first for the 2016 Olympics won by Rio de Janeiro and then its successful 2020 campaign, to deliver a “compact games” with 85% of venues in an 8-kilometer (5-mile) city center cluster.Also Read | Dharun Ayyasamy plans to undergo surgery after OlympicsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow marathonslast_img

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