Extra Tokyo 2020 occasions rescheduled to beat the warmth


FILE PHOTO: Summer season sunshine is seen by Olympic rings displayed at Nihonbashi district in Tokyo, Japan August 5, 2019. Image taken August 5, 2019. Information/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Information) – Tokyo 2020 organizers stated on Thursday two extra Olympic occasions, the triathlon and equestrian cross-country, have been rescheduled to earlier begin occasions to fight the anticipated sweltering summer time warmth.

Tokyo temperatures in July and August, when town will host the Video games, often exceed 30 levels Celsius with excessive humidity including to the discomfort, and making ready for this has proved a constant headache for organizers.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) has already moved the marathon, probably the most prestigious occasions at any Olympics and one particularly beloved in Japan, and race stroll occasions 800 kilometers north to the cooler climes of Sapporo.

The choice angered Tokyo’s native authorities in addition to Video games organizers, who had already been engaged on the occasions within the capital since being awarded the Video games in 2013.

2020 Organisers stated the beginning time for the lads’s and ladies’s particular person triathlons had been moved up from 7.30 a.m. (2230 GMT) to six.30 a.m., whereas the blended group relay would additionally start an hour earlier at 7.30 a.m.

The beginning time for the cross-country phase of the equestrian competitors had been moved to between 7.30 a.m. and 8a.m. from eight.30 a.m., they stated.

The adjustments had been made following discussions between 2020 organizers and the IOC, who’re presently internet hosting their Government Board assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland.

On the Tokyo 2020 triathlon check occasion in August, the game’s governing physique was compelled to cut back the gap of the run phase within the ladies’s occasion due to warmth issues.

In one other setback for organizers, excessive ranges of E.coli micro organism compelled Tokyo officers to cancel the swimming phase of the Paratriathlon World Cup, a check occasion for subsequent yr’s Paralympics.

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Modifying by Peter Rutherford