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  • Tokyo 2020 Plans to Beat the Heat


    06/27/19

    (ATR) Tokyo 2020 organizers release an overview of plans to “minimize the impact of heat” on athletes, spectators, officials and workers at next summer’s Olympic Games.
    Heat haze is common during Tokyo summers. (Getty Images)

    Tokyo 2020 and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will test some of the heat countermeasures in collaboration with the Government of Japan and with national and international federations at a number of outdoor test events this summer.

    In cooperation with the Japan National Tourism Organization and the Ministry of the Environment, Tokyo 2020 says it will provide weather forecasts, alerts and information on ways to mitigate heat and treat any resulting symptoms via its official website.

    In addition, Tokyo 2020 will develop a mobile application which provides relevant up-to-date information and sends alerts directly to users’ devices in multiple languages. For those without smartphones, the information will also be available via printed materials and will also be communicated by staff members at venues.

    The related “Tokyo 2020 COOLING Project” was also launched on Thursday. It will promote heat countermeasures led by Tokyo 2020 with the support of 13 sponsors, including worldwide Olympic partners Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Panasonic, Toyota and Visa.

    Last month at SportAccord, transport and management of the heat were the two major talking points as Tokyo 2020 organizers came under fire from a group of summer Olympic federations who raised a raft of concerns at the ASOIF general assembly.

    Later in May, after the latest IOC coordination commission visit to Tokyo, the co-com chief John Coates insisted that Tokyo Games leaders had acknowledged the concerns of IFs and were addressing them along with tackling worries around Tokyo’s sizzling summer temperatures.

    “We received reports on the concrete measures undertaken to manage adverse weather conditions and transportation… all taken seriously,” Coates said.

    A project review during one-year-to-go celebrations in July will give the IOC a chance to check out how the efforts to combat the heat are going. The next coordination commission visit is scheduled for October.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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