TOKYO — The International
Olympic Committee wants to move the Tokyo Games
marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to avoid the
searing heat in the city.
The IOC says the new plan
to stage the marathons and race walking events in
Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics,
"will mean significantly lower temperatures for the
Forecast temperatures in
Sapporo are "five to six degrees centigrade cooler
during the day than in Tokyo."
An IOC panel assessing
heat and weather issues for the July 24-Aug. 9 games
"identified the marathon and race walk as the
events that would put particular heat stress on the
The marathons were due to
start at 6 a.m. in Tokyo.
Marathons were run after
midnight in 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) this month at
the track and field world championships in Doha, Qatar.