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Marathon at Tokyo 2020 Olympics moved 500 MILES AWAY as organisers fear repeat of World Championships farce in Qatar which saw 28 of the 68 starters pull out of the race The marathon and race walking events at Tokyo 2020 have been relocated Both events will now take place 500 miles north of Tokyo in Sapporo, Hokkaido Olympic organisers are keen to avoid the chaos which ensued in Doha, Qatar Women's marathon race at World Champs was overshadowed by 28 withdrawals 

By Riath Al-Samarrai for MailOnline

Published: 13:00 BST, 16 October 2019 | Updated: 13:14 BST, 16 October 2019


The marathon and race walking events at next year's Olympics have been relocated 500 miles north of Tokyo over fears about the brutal heat in the Japanese capital.

Tokyo 2020 organisers have been forced to act in the face of serious warnings over the risk to the athletes in summer temperatures that regular exceed 35 degrees and 80 per cent humidity.

The marathon, which will be contested by Sir Mo Farah, and the walks will now move to Sapporo on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, where it is estimated to be five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day than Tokyo.

Sweltering conditions at the World Champs forced 28 women to withdraw from the marathon 

China's Yugui Ma pouring water over herself during the World Championships in Doha, Qatar

China's Yugui Ma pouring

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