TOKYO – Searing heat and water quality issues have dogged Tokyo 2020 organisers in recent weeks but delegates to a Chef de Mission seminar on Tuesday said they are confident their hosts will find solutions ahead of next year's Summer Olympics.
The three-day visit by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), which includes a progress update and venue tour, comes after recent test events highlighted potential problems for next year's Games, which kick off on July 24.
Soaring temperatures have killed at least 57 people across Japan since late July, highlighting the possible health threat to athletes and fans.
At the triathlon test event last week, the sport’s governing body reduced the distance of the run segment in the women’s race because of heat concerns.
The swimming segment of Saturday’s paratriathlon was cancelled altogether because high levels of E.coli bacteria were found in the water of Tokyo Bay.