The unprecedented measure to combat the suffocating heat at the Tokyo Games
The organization of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics used this Friday artificial snow cannons to prove its effectiveness as a measure to counteract the intense heat expected in the city during the celebration of the sporting event. The use of artificial snow took place during the calm water canoeing test competition held today at the Sea Forest Waterway facilities in Tokyo Bay, where rowing discipline competitions will also be played.
Flakes on the spectators
The snow generator was installed in a van parked next to the stands, so that the flakes will fall on the spectators, who received the astonishing and amusing intermittent drizzles.
The Sea Forest Waterway is one of the newly built venues for the Tokyo 2020 Games and due to the cost cut it only has a roof over half of the 2,000 permanent seats, which has generated fear of potential heat stroke among the spectators Let them remain under the sun.
It is expected that during the central hours of the day temperatures reach between 39 and 41 degrees Celsius on the dates on which the next Olympic Games will take place. of the Japanese capital (from July 24 to August 9, 2020), so the organization is taking measures of various kinds to avoid contingencies.
Among the measures is the asphalting with a pavement that reflects ultraviolet rays, to reduce the surface temperature, on more than 100 kilometers of roads in the city center, including the marathon and walking tests.
The organization, which is still studying additional measures, also set an early schedule for certain tests to avoid heat. LAt the end of the men's 50 kilometers march will start at 5:30 in the morningThe marathon finals for women and men will be at 6:00 and the open water swimming at 7:00.