More Tokyo 2020 events rescheduled
to beat the heat
Send a link to a friend
[December 05, 2019]
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020
organizers said on Thursday two more Olympic events, the triathlon
and equestrian cross-country, have been rescheduled to earlier start
times to combat the expected sweltering summer heat.
Tokyo temperatures in July and August, when the city will host the
Games, regularly exceed 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity adding
to the discomfort, and preparing for this has proved a consistent
headache for organizers.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already moved the
marathon, one of the most prestigious events at any Olympics and one
especially beloved in Japan, and race walk events 800 kilometers
north to the cooler climes of Sapporo.
The decision angered Tokyo's local government as well as Games
organizers, who had already been working on the events in the
capital since being awarded the Games in 2013.
2020 Organisers said the start time for the men's and women's
individual triathlons had been moved up from 7.30 a.m. (2230 GMT) to
6.30 a.m., while the mixed team relay would also begin an hour
earlier at 7.30 a.m.
The start time for the cross-country segment of the equestrian
competition had been moved to between 7.30 a.m. and 8a.m. from 8.30
a.m., they said.
The changes were made following discussions between 2020 organizers
and the IOC, who are currently hosting their Executive Board meeting
in Lausanne, Switzerland.
[to top of second column]
Summer sunshine is seen through Olympic rings displayed at
Nihonbashi district in Tokyo, Japan August 5, 2019. Picture taken
August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato
At the Tokyo 2020 triathlon test event in August, the sport's
governing body was forced to reduce the distance of the run segment
in the women's event because of heat concerns.
In another setback for organizers, high levels of E.coli bacteria
forced Tokyo officials to cancel the swimming segment of the
Paratriathlon World Cup, a test event for next year's Paralympics.
(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
[© 2019 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2019 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thompson Reuters is solely responsible for this content.