US News OJ: heat wave on the Olympic marathon

12:30  01 august  2021
12:30  01 august  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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The Hokkaido region, in northern Japan, was supposed to offer a cooler climate for the Olympic tests of Marathon and walking Next week, but it is now facing a heat wave. In 2019, the OJ 2020 organizers had decided to move north these five events that were to take place in Tokyo, fearing that even shifting dawn schedules, this is not enough to ensure the safety of athletes. The summer temperatures in Sapporo (department of Hokkaido) were to be more mildence - 5 to 6 degrees Celsius less than in Tokyo -, according to the International Olympic Committee. But, during the past week, the temperatures in Sapporo exceeded 34 degrees and should oscillate between 31 and 34 degrees next week when the marathon and walking events will take place.

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the 20km walk gentlemen is scheduled Thursday at 16:30 Local, the 50km walking gentlemen Friday at 5:30 Local and the 20km ladies also Friday at 16:30, the ladies marathon Saturday at 7:00 and the marathon gentlemen Sunday at 7:00 am, day of the closing ceremony Olympics. A locality of the Hokkaido department has even become Saturday the first place in Japan this year to record temperatures above 38 degrees. Temperatures in Tokyo next week should vary between 30 and 34 degrees. The heat has been a constant concern for the organizers of the Tokyo Games that argued that the summer in the Japanese capital usually has " many days of sweet and sunny time " and offers " an ideal climate for the Athletes can give the best of themselves . Many, however, had trouble supporting the conditions. Tennis matches were postponed later in the day after multiple complaints, Daniil Medvedev warned that he " could die " while he sweat during a match.

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Sunday, the organizers defended preventive measures against the heat, but the general manager of Tokyo 2020, Toshiro Muto, admitted that it was something they had to " be vigilant ". He stated that 30 people involved in the Games had been treated so far for heat-related diseases that, according to the organizers, are less serious than insolations. The affected people were mainly staff members and volunteers of the OLGs and none found in a serious state, he added. While the Olympic Games have already taken place in warmer or wet-wet places than Tokyo, including Athens and Beijing, Japan's moral summers offer both, in an unpleasant and sometimes fatal combination. However, emphasized Muto, so far the heat measures were rather " effective ".

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