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What Japan could do to prevent heatstroke during Tokyo 2020

THE Northern Hemisphere is currently suffering an unprecedented heatwave. In Japan, more than 100 people have died and tens of thousands more are in hospital due to heat-related illness. Tokyo, which is hosting the 2020 Olympics, has for the first time registered temperatures over 40℃. This is raising concerns about the city’s viability to stage long-distance outdoor events such as the marathon and the endurance walk in similar conditions. The government has even discussed introducing daylight saving so marathon runners can start at 5 or 6am. SEE ALSO: Japan wants to adopt daylight savings for Tokyo 2020 but at what cost? One of the authors of this article, Makoto Yokohari and colleagues, recently published a paper that predicted the heat stresses on the athletes’ bodies during the race. They showed even at the very start of the race, runners will be exposed to extremely dangerous temperatures, which will only get more...

 

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