Tokyo 2020: Olympic marathon and race walks moved to Sapporo over heat fears

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The marathon and race walking in next summers Tokyo Olympics have been moved into Sapporo – 800km to the north – because of its states.
This summer Steps to combat the heat in the capital, such as improved water and shade sprays, are trialled at evaluation events.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said athlete welfare had beenat the heart of modifications.
Sapporo can be up to six degrees cooler than Tokyo in peak summertime.
International Association of Athletics Federations president Lord Coe said:Giving athletes the very best platform to their performances inside the environment theyre in is central to all significant events, and well work with the organisers to make the very best marathon and race wander paths for the next years Olympic Games.
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