The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to move the Tokyo 2020 Olympics marathon and race walking events more than 800 kilometres north of the host city to protect athletes from high temperatures.
Sapporo — which is a similar distance from Tokyo as Brisbane is from Sydney — is as much as five to six degrees Celsius cooler during the day, the IOC said.
The suggested plan adds to a range of other heat countermeasures already taken by officials to mitigate the effects of the temperatures that may occur during July and August 2020.
“Athletes’ health and well-being are always at the heart of our concerns,” IOC president Thomas Bach said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The new far-reaching proposals to move the marathon and race walking events show how seriously we take such concerns.”
The marathon was due to be held in Tokyo and finish at the city’s newly built Olympic stadium.
The men’s marathon is traditionally held on the last day of the games to close out the athletics calendar.