Olympic marathon moving to Sapporo
NHK -- Nov 02
Next year's Olympic marathon and race walk events are being moved from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo.

The move is aimed at avoiding the extreme summer heat, with the International Olympic Committee saying temperatures will be five to six degrees cooler in Sapporo.

Representatives of four bodies involved in organizing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics met on Friday to discuss the issue.

An IOC official stressed that his committee holds the ultimate authority to change the venue.

He also said Tokyo's metropolitan government won't be asked to bear the cost of the move and pledged there would be no other venue changes.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike says she opposes the decision, but reluctantly accepts it.

She said, " The explanation that the IOC gave us is not enough and there are some parts we can't agree on.

The marathon is one of the key events in the Summer Olympics and has traditionally been held in the host city.

札幌での開催が決まった東京オリンピックのマラソンと競歩のコースについて、大会組織委員会は来月のIOC(国際オリンピック委員会)の理事会までに決める方針を明らかにしました。  1日に都内で行われたIOC、大会組織委員会、東京都、政府の4者協議で、マラソンと競歩を札幌で開催することが決まりました。その後の会見で、大会組織委員会の森会長は来月3日から開かれるIOCの理事会までにコースを決めて理事会で承認を得たい考えを示しました。大会関係者によりますと、新たなコースは北海道マラソンのコースをベースにして大通公園をスタート・ゴールにする案を軸に検討が進められているということです。また、東京都が負担しないことが決まった開催の費用については100億円程度が見込まれているということです。
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