The government in Tokyo agreed to the transfer of the Olympic marathon in Sapporo
Authorities in Tokyo have confirmed that marathon and walking race in the Olympic Games 2020 will be held in Hokkaido, in Sapporo, reports AFP. The transfer of these Olympic events from Tokyo insisted the IOC, fearing that the capital of Japan during summer will be too hot.
Power Tokyo initially opposed for the marathon and race walking events in Sapporo. The administration of the Japanese capital agreed to transfer these types of programs after negotiations with the head of the IOC coordination Commission, John Coates.
«We do not support the decision of the IOC to postpone the marathon walk and sports in Sapporo, but we won’t let him. We understand that the IOC has every right to make the final decision on this issue», — said the Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike.
Koike previously in an interview suggested to hold the Olympic marathon on the Northern territories (so in Japan called the Southern Kuriles). In the Russian Embassy in Japan, the Governor’s proposal was considered confrontational.
«Sure Japan has enough of its own land with a cool climate. But the Russian Southern Kuril Islands do not belong to them», — is spoken in the statementpublished in the official Facebook of the Embassy.
Olympic games will be held in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020. Athletes will compete for awards in 339 types of programs.