Tokyo 2020 organisers blasted volunteers with fake snow on Friday as they fight ever extra excessive methods to beat the heat forward of the Games.
But as a substitute of sunshine fluffy snowflakes, the crowd, consisting primarily of Tokyo 2020 employees, was pelted with pretty coarse shards of shaved ice at the canoeing check occasion.
And satirically, after a number of weeks of just about unbroken heat and humidity, Friday noticed temperatures in the Japanese capital drop sharply — little question a aid to tens of millions of Tokyo commuters and gamers coaching for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup.
“We are trying everything possible to ease heat risks,” mentioned Taka Okamura, from the 2020 organising committee.
“This is not meant to cool the entire atmosphere but has spectators feel refreshed when the flakes of ice touch them,” added Okamura, who acknowledged that the system wanted some refinement.
One drawback grew to become instantly obvious after the volunteers have been doused in 300 kilograms (650 kilos) of snow in a matter of minutes: the “spectators” have been rapidly soaked by way of and the ground grew to become slippery — leading to one journalist taking a tumble.
Okamura performed down any environmental dangers from the system — akin to CO2 emissions from the machine — and declined to reveal its price. Tokyo 2020 officers have admitted in the previous that anti-heat measures will swell the finances for the Games.
Tokyo 2020 organisers have largely received reward for his or her preparations for the Games. With the development work on the observe, IOC President Thomas Bach has mentioned Tokyo is the best-prepared host ever with lower than a yr to go till the opening ceremony.
But the sweltering Tokyo heat has already proved a headache and there are fears for athletes, volunteers and spectators if circumstances in current summers are repeated at Games time.
Test occasions in August did little to allay these fears, with a French triathlete taken to hospital with suspected heatstroke, complaints about the water temperature for marathon swimming, and folks taking in poor health at a rowing trial.
One member of the French para-athletics staff attending Friday’s occasion pointed to one other potential drawback of the fake snow hose.
“When the wind is blowing in the wrong direction pushing the snow out of the stands, I’m not sure it is going to be that efficient,” he mentioned.