A route has been accredited for the Olympic marathon, which is to be held within the northern metropolis of Sapporo to keep away from the Japanese capital’s summer season warmth, Tokyo 2020 organisers stated Friday. A dummy-run marathon will happen on Could 5 to check the circuit, which begins and ends at Sapporo Odori Park within the metropolis centre, the organising committee stated. The controversial resolution to relocate the marathon and race-walking occasions was made in November 2019, earlier than the Video games had been postponed by a yr because of the coronavirus.
The Tokyo Olympics at the moment are as a result of open in July 2021, and officers are insisting they’ll go forward even when the pandemic isn’t underneath management.
The marathon may have three laps — the primary for much longer, crossing the Toyohira River, whereas the second and third laps repeat a piece of the primary.
“Sapporo has a wealthy background in street working, notably marathon occasions, and we wish to encourage… followers world wide to journey to Sapporo for its future mass races,” stated Jakob Larsen, competitors and occasions director for World Athletics, which has accredited the route.
It’s not precisely the identical route because the annual Hokkaido Marathon within the metropolis, however “it does observe a lot of the normal course”, he added.
Olympic officers first proposed shifting the marathon after disastrous scenes on the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships, the place dozens of athletes wanted medical consideration in sizzling and humid circumstances.
It turned a serious sticking level between Tokyo officers and the Worldwide Olympics Committee, however ultimately the town gave its grudging help for the transfer.
New check occasion dates in April and Could for para-athletics and wheelchairs had been additionally introduced on Friday.
A lot of the check occasions — which operate as costume rehearsals for every sport, and also will be used to evaluate anti-coronavirus measures and contingency plans — had already taken place earlier than the Video games had been delayed in March.
However greater than a dozen stay to be held, with followers and overseas athletes allowed at some. It’s not but clear whether or not spectators will attend the marathon check occasion.
Japan has seen a comparatively small coronavirus outbreak general, with greater than 2,500 deaths and 170,000 confirmed instances.
However it’s now battling a 3rd wave of the respiratory illness, reporting report numbers of day by day infections nationwide.
Sapporo is within the Hokkaido area, which has been hit laborious by the coronavirus.
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