IOC Exec Confirms Sapporo as Venue for Tokyo Olympic Marathon

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Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Visiting International Olympic Committee executive John Coates confirmed Friday that the venue for the marathon and race walk in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be moved from Japan's capital to Sapporo in the country's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

A decision has been taken on the venue change, and the races will not be held in Tokyo, Coates, chairman of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the 2020 Games, told reporters after holding a meeting on the day with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike at the metropolitan government office.

"We've been working hard for the preparations. There is no change in our intention of holding the marathon and race walk events in Tokyo," Koike said at the beginning of the meeting, indicating that she wants the venue issue to be discussed at a Coordination Commission meeting to be held in Tokyo from Wednesday.

Contingency funds set aside under the budget for the Tokyo Games should be used to cover costs stemming from the venue change, Coates said, showing his view that there must be ample such funds. He also voiced the IOC's readiness to hear opinions from Tokyo if the venue change has a financially negative impact.

According to the third edition of the budget plan announced by the Tokyo Games organizing committee in December last year, the committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese government will put up a total of 1.35 trillion yen to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. In addition, the trio plans to secure 100 billion to 300 billion yen in reserves to cover spending resulting from unexpected situations.

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