July 24, 2014

東京五輪暑い絶対ムリ:Tokyo Olympic + Heat Wave = Nobody's Happy

Deaths from heat stroke more than doubled in the past decade in Japan
(c) Yomiuri Shimbun

So, I'm back from trip to Japan, the land of excruciating heat and suffocating humidity.

Oh boy, I can barely imagine, six years from now today, all the world's top athletes come together to celebrate the Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony. Tokyo games are scheduled from July 24 to August 9 when the temperature hits the highest in Japan.  Are they kidding?

Why?  IOC picked between July 15 and August 31 period because European and American TV stations (namely NBC) are more likely to buy the broadcasting license to fill in the off-season of the major professional sports leagues.

But wait. When Qatar bid for the 2020 Game, the IOC admitted it to hold the games in September and October in order to avoid its summer heat (It reaches over 50C, 122F! DOA!!). Why not Tokyo Fall Olympic?  Just like the last time (1964 Game was held from Oct 10th, Japan's Sports Day)?

Well, as we all know by now, Qatar lost the bid...
I just hope they hold the marathon race in Hokkaido.







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