Another calamity has struck the Tokyo Olympics, as a typhoon and high heat threaten the event.
THE TOKYO OLYMPICS have been further jeopardized by reports of a typhoon approaching the region, which could bring more problems for the host city.
On Monday, a typhoon is expected to pass near to the area, according to forecasters. Just days before the games, the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre warned of a medium likelihood of tropical development on July 26. The typhoon is presently building in the Philippine Sea and will travel westward during the weekend.
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“While it is still too early to have high confidence in the exact trajectory and intensity of this system, there are early indications that it could affect Tokyo later Monday or Tuesday, local time,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda.
Extreme heat has also been predicted for what could be the hottest games ever.
Temperatures in Tokyo are expected to continue over 30°C for the next few days, forcing some athletes to wear cooling vests.
Due to the extreme heat, a Russian archer passed out while competing in the qualification round.
Due to the extreme heat and humidity, Svetlana Gomboeva passed out today.
“We hope she will be okay,” her coach remarked.
“It turns out she couldn’t take being outside in the heat for an entire day.”
Team GB had been prepared for the heat due to the expected high temperatures, according to Mark England, Britain’s Chef de Mission in Tokyo.
“Heat mitigation was the story before Covid,” he said.
“We’ve put a lot of effort into technological progress and advancement, not just in terms of the equipment we have, but also in terms of the cooling mechanisms we have for individuals who compete in great heat outdoors.
“We did all of that, and the result of those debates was a successful triathlon and successful forays into outdoor events through the Tokyo ready program’s test event program.”
This comes as demonstrations from residents have marred the event ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday evening.
Protesters erupted in the city ahead of the inauguration ceremony, fearful of an increase in Covid cases.
If the problems persist, the CEO of Tokyo 2020 refused to rule out taking quick action. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”