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.
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