The marathon mess and the march at the Tokyo Games (and Sapporo)
What a mess with the venues of the marathon and the march at the Tokyo Olympics. After the bad experience lived in Doha, with extreme conditions for marathoners and marchers (the women's march and the women's marathon were disputed at more than 35º and with almost inhuman humidity percentages), The IOC has taken steps towards the Olympic meeting next summer in Japan, where very high temperatures are also expected for road tests. In this way, those affected are, again, the march and the marathon.
The IOC has already decided
The International Olympic Committee, chaired by Thomas Bach, has recently announced that both disciplines will be held in Sapporo, almost 1,000 kilometers from the organizing city. “The IOC was impressed by what we saw in Doha in conditions similar to those of Tokyo in temperature and humidity, and we don't want Tokyo to be remembered for the images that were seen in Doha in the marathon and the march“, Explained John Coates, president of the IOC Coordination Commission. The drop in temperatures will be significant there, but obviously it is something that neither Tokyo nor many of the athletes liked, which will be seen so far from the epicenter where the essence of some Games will be lived.
In that sense, Dani Mateo, a Spanish marathoner who has been interviewed recently in the Stock Exchange of the Corridor and who has the ticket for Japan guaranteed with his tenth position in the World Cup in Doha, has spoken. “It is part of this to adapt to the circumstances. The marathon is the way to promote the Olympic city and teach it to the world. A few games you may go once in a lifetime and you like to live them with the rest of athletes. You want to be seen on the street, that people can see and enjoy you. This change is totally inappropriate and I disagree, ”Mateo said in Diario As on the subject. “To run fast we already have the commercial marathons. If we look for a place to have good conditions, well, since they put hares on us, ”he adds.
Another very different position represents the marcher Diego García-Carrera, who suffered in his flesh the hardness of heat and humidity in Doha and, on the other hand, he does welcome the move to Sapporo: “Great news for the Spaniards: the change of venue is confirmed. Competing out of hell we have possibilities again. It is a detail that the IOC does care about the health of athletes, ”he reflected in his social networks.
It is only the beginning of the great controversy that exists and will exist around this controversial decision.