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Moving Olympic marathon is a win-win for athletes, fans

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The International Olympic Committee’s plan to move Tokyo Olympic marathon and race walking events to Sapporo may have angered or dismayed people involved in the preparations.

But priority should be placed on the health of athletes and the safety of spectators.

The IOC said the International Association of Athletics Federations, the global track and field’s governing body, has already approved its proposal.

Sapporo can offer better conditions for marathons than Tokyo, where the midsummer heat could be blistering. The city also has experience of holding an international-level marathon every August.

The Tokyo metropolitan government and the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee should accept the proposal and work with the Sapporo municipal government to prepare for Olympic marathons in the northern city.

Test events for the Tokyo Olympics held this summer underscored afresh that the sweltering heat in the capital can pose a serious........

© The Asahi Shimbun