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Bach says opponents of Olympic marathon move wanted an edge

Nov. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Athletes who opposed moving the Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo wanted a competitive edge, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The International Olympic Committee decided last month to move the races to Sapporo because Tokyo would be too hot in...

Desisa drops out of NYC Marathon after taxing win in Doha

Nov. 3, 2019 3:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Reigning men's champion Lelisa Desisa dropped out of the New York City Marathon after completing just seven miles following a grueling victory at the sweltering world championships last month. Desisa, who is from Ethiopia, was in 17th place at the seven-mile mark before leaving the course...

Tokyo gives in: Olympic marathons head north to Sapporo

Nov. 1, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — After two weeks of bitter debate, the Tokyo Olympic marathon is still going north to Sapporo. And Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike isn't happy about it. "I dare say, this is a decision without an agreement," Koike said Friday, speaking through an interpreter at talks with the IOC and local...

Runners mixed on plan to move Olympic marathon out of Tokyo

Oct. 31, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Runners are all over the course regarding the IOC's plan to move next summer's Olympic marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo in pursuit of a cooler climate. The IOC decided to relocate the race after seeing competitors collapse in extreme heat at the world championships last month in Doha, Qatar,...

Q&A: Things to know about feud over Tokyo's Olympic marathon

Oct. 31, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee abruptly announced two weeks ago it was moving next year's Olympic marathon from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo. The change has infuriated Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and created a public fight between the powerful, Switzerland-based IOC, and Tokyo,...

Tokyo governor confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon

Oct. 30, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC has a full-blown fight on its hands trying to move next year's Olympic marathon from steamy Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo. The powerful Olympic body is up against Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was once viewed as a possible Japanese prime minister candidate and is one...

Tokyo officials feud with IOC over Olympic marathon switch

Oct. 29, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo city officials are in a public feud with the International Olympic Committee over IOC plans — made without consulting the city or local organizers — to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to Sapporo to avoid the capital's summer heat....

Olympic marathons set to move out of Tokyo to cooler north

Oct. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to find cooler and safer race conditions. The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events...

Qatar's World Cup challenge magnified by track worlds issues

Oct. 8, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — By day, Juma Marzouq approves Qatar's masterplans for the vast stadium infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. By night, Marzouq goes into fan mode, tackling the challenge of filling soccer arenas in this tiny nation. Marzouq has seen encouraging signs since Qatar's breakthrough on the...

Next up, Tokyo: Track leaves Qatar still looking for a star

Oct. 7, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — If the goal of this year's track and field world championships was to find a fresh face, a vibrant personality, a one-of-a-kind talent to replace the mile-wide void left by Usain Bolt's absence, then consider it still a work in progress. The 10-day run in the desert had its moments...