The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced last week that they are planning to move the marathon and race walking events in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to Sapporo – 500 miles north of Tokyo – due to concerns about heat and safety. (It’s a bit unclear if they will actually move, as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee is interpreting this as just a “proposal”).
The aforementioned heat is no joke. A 2017 heatwave saw record high temps in Tokyo of around 106 degrees. This got me thinking, why award a Summer Games to Tokyo in the first place? After all, the last time they were the host city in 1964, the Games were in October.
In 2000, the IOC established July and August as the months to hold the Summer Olympics. They’re the ideal time window for TV networks to cover the event.
But does that really matter any more, with all the ways we have to watch?