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• INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MOVE OLYMPIC MARATHON AND RACE WALKING TO SAPPORO

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it is planning to move the Olympic marathon and race walking events to Sapporo, the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 1972.

The move to Hokkaido, the northern-most prefecture of Japan, will mean significantly lower temperatures for the athletes during the Olympic Games. In Sapporo, temperatures during the Games period are as much as five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day than in Tokyo, which is more than 800 kilometres further south.

The plans are part of a wide range of measures already being taken by Tokyo 2020 in consultation with the IOC and the international federations to mitigate the effects of the temperatures which may occur next summer. The IOC has informed World Athletics about the proposed changes.

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