Tokyo 2020 reveal plans to overcome heatwave during Olympics

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Battling with the deadly heatwave which has hit the Olympic Games preparations and left at least one Olympic site construction worker dead, Tokyo 2020 has announced numerous measures to deal with the heatwave threat during the Games next year.

The plans to deal with the threat include painting the Tokyo roads with heat-shielding material, states a report bysportindustry.biz.

The heatwave in Tokyo this summer has been linked to death of 57 peoples with thousands others lending in hospitals. The problem is a long-standing one and it prevailed even when the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires has awarded the Games to Tokyo way back in 2013.

The City administrators and the Tokyo 2020 organisers are working on measures to lessen temperatures during the Games.

The results showed that the temperature of the specially coated road surface was ten percent lower than that of the uncoated surfaces and thus lightened the burden on athletes,” Takeo Hirata, a government co-ordinator of the Games, has explained to Tokyo Times.

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Among other plans, trees around the Marathon route will not be trimmed to provide shade for fans. Buildings with air conditioning will be asked to provide free access to fans. Misting stations to spray water at events, air-conditioned cooling tents and potted flower fences to “psychologically” cool spectators and athletes have also been trialled at test events.

Opinions will be sought from the Environment Ministry and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Ex-Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki will lead the group of lawmakers carrying out the study.

Tokyo head on Thursday had forced the International Triathlon Union to reduce the length Tokyo 2020 test event running section.

The marathon at the Games, scheduled from July 24 to August 9, will start at 6:30 am to avoid noon temperatures.

The Paralympics will be held from August 25 to September 6.

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