Olympic Notes: Group Claims High Radiation Levels At 2020 Tokyo Olympics Venues
A citizens group said that it measured "high radiation levels at candidate venues" for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the metropolitan government "disputes the data" and the IOC "has shown little interest." The group said that some of the potential venues for the Summer Games "had radiation levels exceeding the Tokyo metropolitan government’s standards for decontamination: 0.23 microsievert per hour 1 meter above ground or a hot spot that measures at least 1 microsievert per hour higher than the surrounding areas" (ASAHI SHIMBUN, 10/8). ... The IOC said that it set a Dec. 1 deadline "for Pakistan to show that its Olympic committee and sports federations are being run without interference from the national government." Pakistan "has been facing possible suspension from the Olympic movement under IOC rules which guarantee the independence of elected sports officials'' (AP, 10/8). ... Georgia on Monday expressed concern over Sunday's section of the 2014 Sochi Olympics torch relay as "over-politicized." The expression came as a response to Russia's inclusion of a '08 military pilot in the 123-day Olympic torch relay. Ivan Nechayev, who received a hero's award for safely landing damaged aircraft during the '08 conflict between Georgia and Russia, "was among 10 torchbearers who passed the flame around the Kremlin on Sunday" (XINHUA, 10/8).