Olympics: Tokyo governor reluctantly agrees to film marathon venue
Sapporo was formally approved on Friday as the host of marathon events at next year's Summer Olympics, with the reluctant consent of the Governor of Tokyo, to end a demonstration between the Japanese capital and the IOC where The major event was to be staged.
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) upset some sports organizers last month by saying that the marathon, one of the most prestigious events in any Olympics, will be moved to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo to escape the summer heat of Tokyo.
The statement angered Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who said at the opening of a discussion with the IOC on Wednesday that he still wanted to hold marathon and race events in the capital.
At the request of IOC delegation leader John Coats, the 2020 Organizing Committee, representatives of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the National Government held talks on Friday, which has become a very public place.
Koike reiterated at the beginning of Friday's meeting that there had been no change in his sentiments that the race would remain in Tokyo and the IOC's explanation was still not enough.
"But on these points to make the Olympics a success we need to build a positive structure going forward," Koike said.
"I do not agree but cannot delay the decision," he said.
"It's a decision without agreement."
She added that they had agreed Tokyo would not bear extra costs of the venue move but they still disagreed on other points that needed to be worked out.
Coats said they agreed in a meeting on Thursday that the decision to hold the marathon and race walk event was relaxed with the IOC, noting that there would be no other relocation in the future.
"We will proceed as a one-team effort," he said, introducing to planning with host city Tokyo.
In a Wednesday commentary by the organizers of a three-day IOC coordination trip to clarify any plans on the marathon and race walk, organizers said the organizers described it as "outstanding on the people of Tokyo".
He had also vowed not to leave Tokyo without a agreement decision over the events.
Tokyo's temperatures in July and August, when the city hosts the games, will be more than 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity, with the regular inconvenience.
"We felt it would be possible to do something, but our opponent was of nature," said Tokyo organizing committee chairman Yoshiro Mori.
The IOC is determined not to replicate the Athletics World Championship experience in Doha, where the heat and humidity forced many athletes to drop out of the race despite the marathon being held at midnight.
The IOC said temperatures in Sapporo, which will also host football games, are five to six degrees cooler during the day.
Earlier this year, organizers set an early start time of 6 am for the marathon and 5:30 am to avoid the afternoon race.
When Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964, they were held in October - no longer an option due to the international sports schedule.
Next year's games are scheduled to run from 24 July to 9 August, with a men's marathon on the final day.
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