All national dailies reported that the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee (TOOC) will apparently endorse the International Olympic Committee’s plan to move the marathon and race walking events from Tokyo to Sapporo. TOOC Chairman Mori was quoted as telling the press yesterday: “It’s unavoidable as a measure to avoid the heat. The IOC and the International Association of Athletics Federations are in favor of it. We have no choice but to accept it.” According to the papers, IOC President Thomas Bach decided to move the events following the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha where many athletes dropped out of the marathon because of the scorching heat.
Tokyo Governor Koike was reportedly unhappy about the unexpected announcement on the relocation and quipped to the press: “Why not organize the events in the Northern Territories if they need to be held somewhere cool?”