Japan’s Sapporo unprepared for Olympics amid COVID-19 resurgence

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FILE PHOTO: Athletes compete at the half-marathon race which doubles as a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, in Sapporo, Japan May 5, 2021. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TOKYO—When Olympics organizers shifted the marathon event from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo, they did so because of concerns about the intense summer heat in the Japanese capital.

Two years down the track, critics say organizers have effectively leapt from the frying pan into the fire.

Sapporo is currently under a COVID-19 state of emergency amid a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

Officials in the city say they still don’t have key information, including the number of athletes to expect and details on health facilities, while opposition from residents to hosting part of the world’s biggest multi-sporting event has…

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