Tokyo Olympics: We had past experience from ASEAN games

For the last two weeks, Japanese game authorities observed operations in and around the venues of the Asian Games in Indonesia to learn things, tips and tricks that could help in Japan’s effort to put on a successful Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

 

During the two weeks of games, the authorities’ priorities ranged from finding effective and alternate measures to deal with the high heat and heavy traffic as well as getting the best out of their athletes.

 

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Japan’s highest-ever temperatures and humidity raised concerns about health risks for athletes and spectators during the Olympics in Tokyo, officials and sports bodies treated Indonesia’s similar weather conditions as an opportunity to experiment with various heat countermeasures.

 

The Japanese Association of Athletics Federations prepared heat countermeasures in the form of small bags of ice or palm-sized cold packs to help cool athletes during games.

 

Additionally, holding a cold pack in their hand every now and then and rubbing it across the body made things a bit cooler and athletes made holes in their running gear to help cool their feet.

 

At 6 a.m., the temperature was still around 26 C, but a number of athletes said afterward that they struggled with the summer sun despite organizers having installed mist showers at various points indicating health hazards for all people involved in the games; most especially to the athletes.

 

One coach of an unspecified athletics team said that having each runner starting to think out of the box and improvise is a big asset and that they still have room for improvement.

 

Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams also came under heavy fire. The city has a population of over 10 million, approximately the same as Japan’s capital, Tokyo. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games sent a team to check and correct as well as find out how to solve the traffic issue.

 

Reference: Japan using Asian Games experiences to deliver Tokyo Olympics

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