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Landslides hit 2020 Olympic cycling race road

  • October 17, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 10:35 p.m.
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Yokohama, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)–Sagamihara city government officials said Thursday that landslides have hit a road in the eastern Japan city to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic cycling road races.

The landslides were triggered by heavy rain brought by recent powerful Typhoon Hagibis, the city government in Kanagawa Prefecture said, adding that the full restoration of the road is unlikely anytime soon.

“We’ll have a consultation with the organizing committee” of the Tokyo Games, a Sagamihara official said.

Large-scale landslides happened at eight points on National Highway 413 in the city’s Midori Ward, according to Sagamihara officials.

The 19th typhoon of the year caused a rainfall of over 700 millimeters in the ward.

The Olympic cycling road race is scheduled for July 25, 2020, for men and the following day for women.

Both male and female athletes will start from a western Tokyo park and finish in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, via Kanagawa and Yamanashi prefectures. Of the whole cycling road race route, some 30 kilometers run through Sagamihara.

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