Tokyo 2020 Paralympic marathons less likely to be moved due to heat

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic marathons will "unlikely" move location (PA Images)
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The International Paralympic Committee has confirmed that their Tokyo 2020 marathons are "unlikely" to be moved to another location.

The Olympic marathon has moved north of the country due to concerns of hot weather conditions.

The Paralympic events will take place in September, a month later than the Olympics. 

President Andrew Parson of the IPC said: "Historical weather data shows Tokyo is cooler in September than August and therefore we will continue to work with Tokyo 2020 to discuss the effective heat countermeasures for the athletes. 

"The well-being of all athletes taking part is our top priority, and we are working closely with Tokyo 2020 and other stakeholders to provide the best and optimal conditions for the race."

The move of the Olympic marathons came after 28 of 68 women starters withdrew from the World Championships marathon in Doha due to sweltering weather conditions. 

The committee's final decision is to be announced in December. 

The women's T12 and T54 races will start at 06:30 local time. The Para Athletics Championships take place in Dubai and will be held from 7-15 November.