Hokkaido, Sapporo not to Bear Costs for 2020 Games Marathon


Sapporo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Games agreed on Friday with the city of Sapporo and the prefecture of Hokkaido that the two local governments will not shoulder costs related to the Olympic marathon and race walk events set to be held in the northern Japan city.

The agreement was made at a three-way meeting in Sapporo, capital of Hokkaido.

The three confirmed that the local governments will not bear the financial burden in principle, but will cover costs related to road repairs and other administrative work.

The venues of the Olympic marathon and race walk events were moved from Tokyo to Sapporo by the International Olympic Committee, in order to avoid scorching summer heat in the Japanese capital.

The Tokyo metropolitan government accepted the IOC's venue change plan on condition that it does not shoulder expenses related to the venue change.

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