The next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathon and race-walking is likely to move to northern Japan over heat fears. The city governor announced today that Tokyo will not raise objection over it despite the governor’s unhappiness regarding the development.
Governor Yuriko Koike said at a meeting with Olympic officials and organizers, “We cannot agree with the IOC but we will not obstruct the decision made by the IOC, which has the final decision-making authority.”
In other words, this is a decision without an agreement.” The International Olympic Committee called the shots to move the events last month, citing concerns about Tokyo’s notoriously hot and humid summer.
The decision didn’t sit well with the city. Tokyo was furious over losing a chance to showcase city’s attraction and build public engagement with the Olympic. The marathon was seen as a key event.
The IOC has said the decision was necessary to protect the health of athletes, especially after many required medical attention in the hot conditions of the World Championships in Doha earlier this year.
“I think then it’s clear we do have an acceptance of this proposal,” John Coates of the IOC‘s coordination commission said, after Koike and other officials including Japan’s Olympic minister said they would back the move.