With less than 10 months to go before the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, the International Olympic Committee says it is considering moving the marathon and race walking events to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. The IOC wants to take advantage of the cooler summer weather there.
It points out the average daytime temperatures in July and August can be 5 to 6 degrees cooler in Sapporo, which is some 800 kilometers north of Tokyo.
The IOC's announcement has disappointed and frustrated officials in Tokyo who have been making arrangements for the events.
A senior official of the Tokyo metropolitan government said the marathon and race walking events can entertain thousands of people without tickets as they can line the streets to cheer on the athletes.
The International Olympic Committee says it is considering moving the marathon and race walking events for next year's Tokyo Olympics to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.
The IOC announced this on Wednesday, citing cooler conditions expected in the city in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.
Tokyo police will put into place special terror-prevention measures at the Marathon Grand Championship taking place on Sunday. It is being done in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The MGC is a qualifier for next year's Olympics. It will take place on the planned route for the Olympic marathon, except for the start and finish points.
Tokyo Olympic officials are likely to move the starting time of the Olympic marathon to around 6 in the morning to avoid the expected severe heat during the day.
The organizers had decided to start the marathon at 7 AM. They were calling for daylight savings time to be introduced for the 2020 summer when the Games will be held.
Researchers have tested water-laden panels covered with grass in an experiment aimed at cooling ground surfaces. The goal is to counter the severe heat expected for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon events.
A group of university and corporate environmental researchers carried out the experiment on Monday on a sidewalk in the capital's Nihonbashi district. The path is along a part of the marathon course.
Sonar Pocket's eyeron (Vo) has been chosen as the ambassador for the 'Fukuoka Marathon' to take place on November 11.
eyeron participated in the 'Fukuoka Marathon' in 2015 and 2016. Following 2016, this will be his second time to serve as ambassador for the marathon. In addition, he has written the event's theme song "Kaobare." On this song, he commented, "I was able to write this song because I have participated in the Fukuoka Marathon in the past. It's a song that will push the backs of those who do their best. I hope it will push them to take that final step during the hard, painful times."
GLAY's new song "Long Run" has been picked up as the official song for 'Hokkaido Marathon 2017' scheduled to be held on August 27.
"Long Run" is described as a rock tune with a pop melody and sense of speed. TAKURO (G), who was in charge of the song's lyrics and composition, stated, "By superimposing the marathon, which will be held under the open sky in our hometown of Hokkaido, on life, we wrote a song called 'Long Run' as a support song for many people who support the runners' struggle and solitude."