TOKYO (Reuters) – A employee at a Tokyo Olympics development web site died on Thursday after being discovered unconscious whereas working outdoors, organisers stated on Friday, with media saying heatstroke was suspected because the Japanese capital swelters by a lethal heatwave.
Hovering temperatures have killed a minimum of 57 individuals throughout Japan since late July, only a yr earlier than Tokyo hosts the 2020 Video games, highlighting the doable well being risk to athletes and followers that is among the greatest challenges for Olympics planners.
A 50-year-old development employee who’d been laying cable outdoors Tokyo Massive Sight, which is being renovated to function the media centre for Tokyo 2020, was discovered unconscious on the bottom on Thursday afternoon and brought to hospital, the place his loss of life was confirmed, Tokyo 2020 organisers stated in an announcement.
“The reason for loss of life continues to be unknown,” spokesman Masa Takaya stated in an electronic mail, including that they would supply extra particulars as soon as the reason for loss of life was clear.
Police quoted by nationwide broadcaster NHK stated situations on the web site advised heatstroke might have been the trigger, however police declined to substantiate the report back to Reuters. Temperatures in Tokyo hit 35.5 Celsius (96 Fahrenheit) on Thursday.
Temperatures in Tokyo have clung above 31 levels Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) since July 24, precisely a yr earlier than the Video games are set to open, with the warmth intensifying in August to common each day highs of 34.eight Celsius (94 Fahrenheit).
At the very least 57 individuals died throughout Japan from the warmth between July 29 to Aug. four and 18,347 have been taken to hospital. Some 45 individuals have died in Tokyo alone since Aug. 1, NHK stated, lots of them aged residing on their very own.
A lot of the Summer time Olympics have been held throughout the northern hemisphere summer time, however when Tokyo hosted the Video games beforehand, in 1964, they have been shifted to October to keep away from the summer time warmth. The Mexico 1968 Olympics have been additionally held later resulting from climate situations.
Such shifts are now not doable, although, resulting from worldwide broadcasting and sports activities schedules, together with the U.S. American soccer season and European soccer. Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 have been held in summer time regardless of the local weather of each cities.
Olympics organisers plan to take steps to take care of the warmth, together with shaded relaxation areas, tents at safety checkpoints, mist sprays and ice packs.
The beginning occasions for the boys’s and girls’s marathons, on Aug. 9 and a couple of respectively, have been moved to six:00 a.m. as a further precaution.
Tokyo is internet hosting the Olympics for the second time, with the Video games working from July 24 to Aug. 9.
Reporting by Elaine Lies; Modifying by Paul Tait and Michael Perry