Twomen’s and men’s marathon races will be held in Sapporo. this weekend… They were originally planned for Tokyo, but the organizers moved them to Sapporo, which is located significantly north of Tokyo and is located on the island of Hokkaido, which is generally cooler…
But the heat seems to be so easy to avoid. Hokkaido is now experiencing historic heat wave – average temperatures for the month of July set recordshovering up to 101.2 degrees Fahrenheit. (38.4 degrees Celsius). Not exactly ideal conditions for running any distance, let alone 42.2 kilometers.
The organizers take precautions when supplying 14 water stations along the track, nine of which will also be covered with crushed ice. But at some point, shouldn’t we take a step back and ask if the Olympics are really worth it for participants and workers to risk their lives?
Last week’s Daily Beast found that in trying to host the Olympics, Tokyo officials were not honest about the potential dangers that the heat could pose. In 2020 tender document, the group behind the rate assured the International Olympic Committee that “during many days of mild and sunny weather, this period provides an ideal climate for athletes to perform at their best.” But the temperature in Tokyo climbed up, and climate change increases the risk even more intense heat… If we’re going to host the Olympic Games in the future, we’d better take a close look at climate trends before booking a seat.