The clash between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) over the marathon and race walk move to Sapporo played out last week as if it were scripted.
Marathon and race-walk events will move to Sapporo after an agreement was reached in a four-party meeting, however the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will not incur the costs associated with the move.
Tokyo Governor calls for Olympic races to remain in capital and criticises "unprecedented" IOC decision
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike reiterated her desire to keep Olympic marathon and race walk events in the Japanese capital during a lengthy rebuke of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for their decision to move the competitions to Sapporo.
The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to move the Olympic marathon and race-walk events to Sapporo is expected to dominate discussions during latest Coordination Commission visit to Tokyo.
The decision to move the marathons and race-walking events at Tokyo 2020 is final and will not be revisited, despite local opposition to the switch, senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official John Coates has confirmed.