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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo surrenders Olympic marathons to Hokkaido

Koike tells IOC her city disagrees with move but will 'not obstruct' it

Japanese runner Toshiharu Takai cools off with water during the London Marathon in 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The city of Tokyo on Friday dropped its opposition to moving the Olympic marathon events to Hokkaido, where runners face less risk of falling victim to Japan's sweltering summer heat.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike met with John Coates, the International Olympic Committee's coordination commission chief for the 2020 Games, Tokyo Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori and Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto. They formally agreed on holding the marathons in the city of Sapporo on Japan's northernmost main island.

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