Tokyo 2020 proposes heat countermeasures

The Sea Forest Waterway features four docks for teams to use
The Sea Forest Waterway features four docks for teams to use

Local and national government agencies and other stakeholders will collaborate to promote the comfort and safety of athletes, spectators, officials and volunteers.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) yesterday published an overview of its plans to minimise the impact of heat on all those competing, attending or working at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The aim of these measures is to prepare an environment in and around venues that will allow everyone to remain as cool and hydrated as possible.

Beating the summer heat

Tokyo 2020 is taking a holistic approach to addressing the effects of the heat and humidity that regularly prevail in Japan during the summer months. It has reviewed a wide range of likely scenarios and circumstances, from overseas visitors' journeys from airports to their hotels, their movements between hotels and venues, and the exposure to heat of those at outdoor venues.

Athletes, spectators and staff will be provided with a wide range of support by Tokyo 2020, by local authorities and the national government, and by Tokyo 2020 partner companies.

Ready Steady Tokyo Test Events

At a number of Tokyo 2020 outdoor test events this summer, Tokyo 2020 and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will test some of the heat countermeasures in collaboration with the Government of Japan and national and international federations.

In cooperation with the Japan National Tourism Organization and the Ministry of the Environment, Tokyo 2020 will provide weather forecasts, alerts and information on ways to mitigate heat and treat any resulting symptoms via its official website. Tokyo 2020 will also develop a mobile application which provides relevant up-to-date information and sends alerts directly to users' devices in multiple languages; the information will also be available via printed materials and will also be communicated by staff members at venues.

Tokyo 2020 COOLING Project

The related “Tokyo 2020 COOLING Project” was also launched today. This is an initiative to promote heat countermeasures led by Tokyo 2020 with the support of the following 13 sponsors:

Worldwide Olympic Partners

The Coca-Cola Company
Dow Chemical
Panasonic Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation

Tokyo 2020 Domestic Partners

Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Meiji Co., Ltd.
Earth Corporation
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd.
Yahoo Japan Corporation

Going forward, Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with other partner companies in order to promote the comfort and safety of all athletes, spectators, officials and volunteers at the Tokyo 2020 Games.