TOKYO (Reuters) – Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are still debating changes to the timing for the marathon, with plans to introduce daylight savings at the Games to avoid the worst of Japan’s scorching August heat looking doomed.
The start time of the marathon, the event with the longest duration outside, was likely to be brought forward by one hour to 0600 local time (2100GMT) to avoid the highest temperatures, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday.
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The original start time was 0700 for both the women’s marathon on Aug. 2, and the men’s event scheduled for the final day of competition, as per tradition, on Aug. 9.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori had previously requested Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to adopt daylight saving time in order to host events in cooler hours.
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However, NHK said that a panel of the governing Liberal Democratic Party have abandoned these plans.
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