With the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 just ahead of time, competitions are taking place at the competition venue, assuming big events for next year. However, problems in the venue were discovered one after another, and there were cases where drastic measures were required.
Swimming in sewage
The test tournament was held at the venue of the open water swimming before the Olympic Games one year later, but when the event was over, the event participants complained that they “smell” and “smells like a toilet” . The sewage treatment plant in the vicinity is responsible for this bad odor. When heavy rain falls in the vicinity, untreated sewage is discharged from the treatment plant to the sea.
(The opposite shore is an open water swimming stadium)
For this reason, there are many Escherichia coli in this water area, and it is also a place where swimming is normally prohibited. Tokyo explained that the flow of seawater is controlled so that sewage does not flow into the venue, but as long as the players hear the story, this mechanism does not seem to work.
It is impossible to hold a swimming competition in such a place.
In the heat
This is not the only issue of the Tokyo Games. The summer in Japan is hot and humid, and if you exercise hard, you are exposed to life threatening. In many areas of Japan, during the midsummer, government agencies are informing citizens to refrain from intense exercise. Still, many people are taken to hospitals by ambulance, and some people die.
Athletes who train their bodies are no exception. The Japanese representative who participated in the beach volleyball test tournament suffered from heat stroke and said, “I thought it was dangerous because I could n’t think of anything during the game and my field of view narrowed.” In addition, racewalking players strongly appeal the change of course if there is no shade in the course and there is a risk of heat stroke.
However, there is no sign that the tournament operator takes any action in response to the request or the results of the test tournament. Japanese mass media (the sponsor of the Olympics) reported that Japanese players can play an active role as players who are not used to the heat drop records.