‘Cursed’ Tokyo Olympics faces a brand new blow as an incoming storm with torrential rain and 56mph winds is ready to hit Japan by Tuesday
First got here Covid, then the insufferable warmth – and now an incoming storm might additional batter Tokyo’s ‘cursed’ Olympics.
Forecasters worry that torrential rain and 56mph winds might hit Japan by Tuesday, leaving solely the surfers comfortable.
Meteorologist Jim Rouiller stated: ‘That’s actually all they want. A tropical storm coming proper in the direction of Tokyo.’
Rowing competitions scheduled for Monday have been introduced ahead to right now as Tropical Storm Nepartak bears down.
Browsing is making its debut look on the Video games and huge waves had been forming yesterday on the competitors web site of Tsurigasaki Seaside, 40 miles east of the capital.
‘There are going to be good waves. There’s a powerful storm off the coast of Japan and we all know that the waves are getting larger,’ stated Worldwide Browsing Affiliation president Fernando Aguerre.
However the torrential rain might play havoc with different occasions, together with the dressage, the place Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin goes for gold.
The Tokyo Olympics is already battling by points brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic amid information a storm is on its method to Japan (Pictured: The Nationwide Stadium throughout this week’s opening ceremony)
The torrential rain might play havoc with different occasions, together with the dressage, the place Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin (pictured) goes for gold
Organisers of the delayed Video games had boasted that ‘with many days of gentle and sunny climate, this era gives an excellent local weather for athletes to carry out at their greatest’.
However it isn’t uncommon for Tokyo summers to be extraordinarily scorching and humid, and in 2018 greater than 1,000 individuals died in a heatwave.
In 2019 the organisers moved most of the endurance occasions, together with the marathon, 500 miles north of the capital, the place the local weather is cooler.
Final week, a seashore volleyball coaching session needed to be postponed when gamers complained the sand was too scorching for his or her naked toes.
Yesterday, temperatures hit 93F (34C) with humidity as much as 70 per cent. Athletes, together with Crew GB rower Victoria Thornley, needed to calm down with ice vests.
After the Video games had been delayed a 12 months due to Covid and there have been points over the worth and design of the stadium, deputy prime minister and finance minister Taro Aso stated they had been ‘cursed’.
Polls recommend solely 19 per cent of Japanese imagine the occasion may be held safely within the pandemic.
Friday’s subdued opening ceremony noticed simply 950 of the 68,000 area seats taken and there may be common testing and social distancing.
There have been 127 Covid circumstances associated to the Video games and Tokyo is underneath a state of emergency, with the general public banned from all occasions.