Patience. Very disturbed by the health crisis, the program of pre-Olympic events for the Tokyo Games should resume next spring. The Japanese Athletics Federation announces that the tests for the marathon and athletics events will take place in May 2021. The marathon course in Sapporo will be tested on May 5 at an on-road running festival. But the pre-Olympic event will be reduced to a half marathon. The remaining track and field events will take place on May 9th at the Tokyo National Stadium. The pre-Olympic competition will be staged as part of the Japanese stage of the Continental Tour of World Athletics, but it could be reserved for Japanese athletes only due to the risk of coronavirus contamination.
— Published 26 January 2021