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Tokyo Olympics marathon could start at 5am to avoid Hokkaido move

Tokyo Olympics marathon could start at 5am to avoid Hokkaido move

25/10/2019 at 10:54Updated 25/10/2019 at 12:10

The marathon and walking events at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games could start at 5am to avoid being moved from Tokyo to Hokkaido.

However, government officials have since mooted started the events at 3am to keep them in Tokyo, before settling on a start time of 5am.

Fans who had already bought tickets and booked accommodation in Tokyo objected to the plan, with both events due to attract big crowds due to the sports' popularity in Japan.

"Of course, the athletes-first approach is extremely important," Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said.

"To choose Sapporo so suddenly … why Sapporo, who decided this? There was no discussion, and I have a lot of doubts about having this thrust on us. We have made many preparations and there’s no change in my thinking that it should be held in Tokyo."

Koike is set for meetings with the IOC's coordination commission John Coates.

The last summer Olympics which were held in Tokyo, back in 1964, were held in October.

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