TOKYO (Reuters) – In the latest round of an unusually public spat between host city Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee over the 2020 Games marathon, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike on Friday demanded detailed reasons for moving the race to northern Japan.
Tokyo and the IOC have been engaged in a tug-of-war over the prestigious race since the IOC announced suddenly last week, just 300 days before the games, that it wanted to move the marathon and race walks to Sapporo, on Hokkaido island, due to concerns over Tokyo’s summer heat.
“A majority of Tokyo residents want the marathon and race walk to stay. We need to take their opinions seriously, and I share them,” Koike told a regular news conference.
She said she would demand a detailed explanation from the IOC during a meeting with John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission Chief for Tokyo, later on Friday.
“Who proposed this, when did they propose it – these are all things I want to discuss,” she said.
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