Call for Tokyo Olympic marathon to start at 5.30am to avoid deaths

Japanese health bodies concerned that 7am start in intense heat may cause fatalities

The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been urged to start the marathon events at 5.30am to avoid the risk of deaths from the intense heat later in the day.

The call, from the Japan Medical Association (JMA) and Tokyo Medical Association (TMA), will reignite the debate over the wisdom of holding the Games in the middle of Japan’s hot and humid summer.

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