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Tokyo Olympics 2020 – Strict Caution Against Heat Stroke

It was revealed that organizing the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was a big challenge; and athletes and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expressed worries to the Games Organizing Committee; which is in charge of management.


Heat Stroke

The Tokyo Olympics; which will start on the 23rd; may be a record “hot” tournament compared to the summer Olympics held in the past. The highest temperature in central Tokyo has exceeded 33 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days until the 22nd. During the tournament; in addition to high temperatures; humid weather is expected to continue; and maximum caution against heat stroke is required.

In the Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Games; Tokyo has the highest average maximum temperature and the highest humidity during the Games. The US CNN broadcast announced in an electronic version on the 17th that this tournament could be “the hottest Olympics in decades.” In central Tokyo; the average maximum temperature is around 31 degrees Celsius at this time.

On the 19th; it recorded the highest temperature of 34.7 degrees this year; and the Meteorological Agency and others announced the first “heat stroke warning alert” of this year. The maximum temperature on the 23rd is expected to be 33 degrees Celsius; and the temperature for the next month or so will be higher than normal. In all the host cities after the Los Angeles Olympics; the average maximum temperature in August at that time was 31.8 degrees Celsius in Athens in 2004 and 30.6 degrees Celsius in Beijing in 2008.

Tokyo is comparable to both cities even at normal prices. Humidity; which is directly linked to the perceived “heat”; is also a dangerous factor; and in Tokyo; the high level of 70% continues even after the end of the rainy season. When the heat stroke warning alert was announced; a guideline was also given to stop or postpone the exercise in principle.


Tokyo Olympics 2020

Official website for the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Japan (23 Jul-8 Aug; 2021).

The Tokyo Organizing Committee; in collaboration with the Japan Meteorological Agency; prepares forecasts for the weather; temperature; heat index; etc. of all venues and communicates them to the people in charge of the competition and venues. With a view to suspending the competition or changing the schedule depending on the situation.

On the other hand; in addition to athletes; health management of staff who are active outdoors for a long time is also an issue; and coolants; drinks; salt supplement tablets; and ice cream will be provided.

Professor Hideto Tanaka of Yokohama National University; who is familiar with sports and heat stroke; said; “If the hot and humid conditions continue; it can be a dangerous environment for athletes even if there is no heat stroke warning alert.” indicate. He also cautioned volunteers; “It is essential to take a break at least once an hour to rehydrate and cool down.”