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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Koike left in dust as Olympic marathon heads north to Sapporo

Tokyo governor fights to keep top event, but IOC fears for runners' safety

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has had a fraught relationship with the Olympic planning committee since taking office in 2016.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The plan to move the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon and race walking events from the capital 1,000 km north to cooler Sapporo is steadily moving forward, despite dogged protests by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.

Koike, who was not informed of the plan until shortly before it was publicly announced on Oct. 16, insists the fan-favorite events must be held in the capital as planned. But her pleas are falling on deaf ears both at the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government.

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