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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Sapporo begins sprint to prepare for 2020 Olympic marathons

Venue change gives Japanese city nine months to assemble lodging and volunteers

Odori Park, which cuts central Sapporo into its northern and southern parts, is a potential site for the start and finish lines of the Olympic marathon.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- With Sapporo formally named as the host of five Olympic events next summer, the Japanese city has begun racing to organize a schedule and routes, line up security and secure lodging for athletes.

The city on the northern island of Hokkaido will host the men's and women's marathon, men's and women's 20 km race-walk and men's 50 km race-walk.

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