Japan changed the Olympic athletics venue because of the heat

The content of the marathon and 2020 Olympic walk is expected to be transferred to compete in Sapporo, where the weather is more pleasant than the capital Tokyo.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on October 16 announced plans to relocate the marathon and walking venues at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to Sapporo. The city is located on the island of Hokkaido, 800 kilometers north of Tokyo, and has much more pleasant weather than Tokyo. According to the IOC, summer temperatures in Sapporo are usually 5 to 6 degrees lower than Tokyo.

Previously, to avoid the heat and harsh humidity of Tokyo summer, IOC had delayed departure time to 6am. The women’s marathon is scheduled for August 2, one week ahead of the men’s content.

Olympic organizers will discuss the issue of temperature during the meeting October 30 – November 1 in Tokyo.

“Moving the venue is one of the measures used by Tokyo, in consultation with the IOC and IAAF, to limit the impact from the temperature next summer. IOC has informed athletes to participate in the matter. export, “said the IOC. The implementation process will be discussed with all stakeholders.

Tokyo held a marathon in September, arranging tents with a nebulizer for viewers. Authorities also delayed hours for long-distance events. However, many opinions suggest that this is not enough.

According to Kyodo, the difficulty here is that Japanese Olympic officials once described the Tokyo weather in July – August as “ideal for competition” when applying for hosting.

Hot and humid weather was a nightmare for athletes at the world track and field championships held in Doha, Qatar, late September and early October. At the women’s marathon, nearly one-third of the 70 Participating athletes must give up.

Changes in time at the 2020 Olympic Games

Athletics – long distance events only take place in the evening, marathons and hiking start early in the morning.

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