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The International Olympic Committee wants to keep the men’s marathon on the final day of the 2020 Tokyo Games and is considering flying athletes from Sapporo, where the race will be held, to the capital for the closing ceremony, John Coates, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, said Wednesday.

Men’s marathon medals have traditionally been presented at the closing ceremony, but the 2020 Games have been complicated by the IOC’s decision to move the athletic road race events to Sapporo to spare competitors from Tokyo’s severe heat.

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