Heat is on Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers to combat high temperatures

John Coates was in Tokyo for a two-day inspection of the city's preparations for the games which are just two years away.

Published: 12th July 2018 03:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2018 03:57 PM   |  A+A-

John Coates, left, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and Tokyo Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori, right, shake hands after the IOC and Tokyo 2020 joint press conference in Tokyo. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

TOKYO: The head of an IOC inspection team says organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will explore all options to combat the extreme summer heat that will likely prevail in the Japanese capital during the games.

John Coates, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics was in Tokyo for a two-day inspection of the city's preparations for the games which are just two years away.

The 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to Aug. 9 when temperatures in central Tokyo can exceed 35 degrees Celsius (95 F). It's common to see thousands of people rushed to hospitals with heatstroke during those months.

Experts have warned the risk of heatstroke in Tokyo has escalated in recent years, while noting the Olympics are expected to take place in conditions when sports activities should normally be halted.
 

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