TOKYO – In a bid to keep visitors cool in blistering temperatures expected during next year's Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games, organisers may deploy machines to sprinkle spectators with man-made snow.
Artificial snow is the latest stratagem being considered to counter high humidity and summer temperatures that commonly exceed 30 degrees Celsius (86°F) in July and August, when the games are scheduled in the Japanese capital.
A snow-making machine will be tried out at a test canoeing event on Sept. 13 in Tokyo, a spokesman for the games' organising committee said.
“We plan to produce two tonnes of snow in the test,” the spokesman added, but no immediate cost estimates were available.
In 1964, when Tokyo last hosted the event, it opened in October. Since 1976, most summer games in the northern hemisphere have been held in the middle of summer to fit global broadcasting and sports schedules.