Ipc President: Para - Marathon Okay In Tokyo

IPC President: Para-marathon okay in Tokyo

Amid concerns over high summer heat when holding the 2020 Para-marathon in Tokyo, the head of the International Paralympic Committee has expressed confidence, citing analysis of weather data.

Organizers have decided to move the Olympic marathon in early August to the northern city of Sapporo.

But there are no relocation plans for the Paralympic marathon, scheduled for September 6.

IPC President Andrew Parsons said in an interview with NHK that the athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the marathon in Tokyo.

He said the Paralympic marathon will be the last event of the Tokyo Games, so the athletes would like to share this moment with supporters in Tokyo.

There was concern that athletes in wheelchairs will be more affected by heat reflected from the road surface.

Parsons dismissed those concerns. He said the marathon will start at 6:30 in the morning and the wheelchair races will finish in less than two hours, so it would not be a problem.

He added that the medical committee has analyzed the weather data and told him there's no need to worry.

Parsons revealed that the final decision will be announced on Thursday, when meetings with worried athletes, the medical committee and organizers of the Tokyo Games conclude.