Tokyo Governor Surprised By Ioc Relocation Plan

Tokyo governor surprised by IOC relocation plan

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she is surprised by the International Olympic Committee's proposal to move the marathon and race walking events for next year's Olympics to Sapporo in Hokkaido.

The IOC announced the plan on Wednesday, citing the cooler summer weather in the northern city.

Koike told reporters on Thursday that local governments have been eagerly preparing for the marathon events.

She said she would like to discuss practical solutions at the meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission that begins on October 30.

Koike added that she wants to make the Games a success while paying attention to the athletes' health.