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Tokyo Organizers Exploring Options To Fight Heat At '20 Games

An IOC exec said that each venue "will have to be prepared to combat the heat"

An IOC exec said that the organizers of the '20 Japan Games will "explore all options to combat the extreme summer heat that will likely prevail" in the city during the Olympics, according to Jim Armstrong of the AP. IOC Coordination Commission Chair for the '20 Games John Coates was in Tokyo for a "two-day inspection of the city's preparation." Experts have "warned the risk of heatstroke in Tokyo has escalated in recent years, while noting the Olympics are expected to take place in conditions when sports activities should normally be halted." Coates said that each venue "will have to be prepared to combat the heat." Meanwhile, Coates visited several venues on his trip and said that work is "largely on track." He "toured several venues and described them as 'very impressive.'" Among the venues visited were the new National Stadium in central Tokyo, as well as the badminton and equestrian venues (AP, 7/12).

ROUTE CONFIRMED: The torch relay for the '20 Games "will begin in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26, 2020." Starting the relay there would be an "opportunity to showcase the reconstruction of local cities and towns severely affected by the tsunami" and the "following accident at a nuclear power plant" that devastated much of Japan in '11. The torch relay will "last 121 days, traveling through all 47 prefectures" until the Opening Ceremony. The relay will "mainly stay on land, using ships to cross the ocean" (JAPAN NEWS, 7/12).