Tokyo Olympics: With less than 2 weeks to go for the Olympics swimmers to dive into the Tokyo Bay to compete in the triathlon, concerns regarding the hygiene of Tokyo’s outdoor swimming venue have risen.
Despite months of efforts to clean up the water, Tokyo Bay which is well-known for its shoreline, and the iconic Rainbow Bridge, the Bay was selected “at the strong request of international sporting organizations,” according to the TokyoOrganizing Committee.
Back in August 2019, a test was canceled after E. coli bacteria was found at more than twice the limit set by the World Triathlon. Since then, the host city has taken numerous steps to remove the bacteria and follow the limit.
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Tokyo Olympics: What measures have been taken to clean Tokyo Bay?
22,200 cubic meters of sand has been dumped into the bay to create an environment for organisms that help purify the water. Furthermore, the city has built huge storage tanks to capture flood drainage, so that it can be treated before reaching the sea.
However, in recent weeks, a pungent smell has been floating in from the water.
“Proposed measures won’t reduce the inflow of E. coli much,” said a former associate professor at Tokyo University’s Graduate School of Frontier Sciences.
For the triathlon and marathon swimmers who commence their events on July 26, water condition has become one of the major risks of the event.
“Tokyo Bay is not clean by any means,” said Taro Shiraro, a triathlete who has been competing in races for over 30 years.
Tokyo Olympics: List of withdrawals gets bigger
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer and Belgium’s David Goffin became the latest to pull out of the Olympics.
While Federer pulled out due to a knee injury that he went under the knife for last year and lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Goffin is still recovering from an injury. Earlier, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Nick Kyrgios amongst several others withdrew from the tournament.
“During the grass-court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Roger Federer said in a statement on social media.