Three day 2020 Summer Olympics Chef De Missions’ meetings took place in Japan.
Brenda Dale is in Tokyo
With Bermuda Chef-de-Mission Brenda Dale in attendance, the main focus was about the rising heat in Tokyo.
The meeting at the Hotel New Otani started to provide a progress report on the facilities. But besides the main agendas, the meeting could not afford to overlook the soaring temperatures that have hit 40°C and claimed tens of lives in the past month.
Reports have it that athletes have had difficulties under the conditions during test events. The Tokyo meeting covered all operations details of the event and attendants were taken through different aspects of the competitions and accommodation.
With most of the venues ready one year to the event, participants in the meeting got a chance to visit the competition venues for familiarization tour.
The three-day visit by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), which includes a progress update and venue tour, came after recent test events highlighted potential problems for next year’s Games, which kick off on July 24th, 2020.
Soaring temperatures have killed at least 57 people across Japan since late July, highlighting the possible health threat to athletes and fans.