The president of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says it will be hard to hold the men's marathon on the games' final day as scheduled, due to doping tests and athletes' long traveling distances.
He also says there will also be major changes to the schedules for the women's marathon and men's and women's race walking.
Yoshiro Mori was speaking on Thursday at a meeting with Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto of Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture. Mori was visiting Sapporo following a recent decision to hold the marathon and race walk events in the city.
He told Akimoto that he's sorry to have asked too much in moving the events to Sapporo. He said the city's cooperation is needed as the games will be an endeavor for all of Japan.
Akimoto asked for consideration by the organizers so that the events won't interfere with the lives of local people.
Earlier in the day, Mori met Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki, who expressed concern about who will shoulder the cost of the events. Mori replied that the International Olympic Committee says it will consider the matter, and that he does not want to cause Hokkaido trouble.
Mori also suggested minimizing costs for the events by, for example, not setting up large spectator stands.
Officials from the organizing committee and municipal governments are to meet in Sapporo on Friday.