— Published 16 April 2021

Sapporo cancels its 10km

Worrying. Authorities in Sapporo City and the Hokkaido Prefecture have decided to cancel a 10-kilometer run scheduled for next month on the Olympic Marathon route of the Tokyo Games. The information is not yet official, but it is reported by Kyodo News, citing a source familiar with the matter. The road event, scheduled for May 5th as part of the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon Festival, was expected to bring together around 2 500 competitors and take part in the future Olympic route. It is dropped from the program. On the other hand, an elite half-marathon, with 160 runners, some of whom qualified for the Games, should be able to run normally. Local authorities last month asked residents to refrain from non-essential and non-emergency outings, to avoid travel outside the prefecture for three weeks, until Friday, April 16th. But in the face of the dramatic rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the measure was extended until May 14th, which led to the decision to cancel the 10km race. Sapporo must host the marathon and the walking events during the Tokyo Games, relocated from the Japanese capital due to the risk of high heat.