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Typhoon Nepartak threatens the Games

2021-07-26T17:09:27.259Z

The organization modifies the rowing and archery schedules and ahead of the surf finals in anticipation of the waterspouts and winds of up to 125 kilometers per hour that haunt Tokyo this Tuesday



After beating Qiang Wang by 6-3 and 6-0, and thus opening a fruitful day in which five of the six Spanish representatives achieved a ticket for the eighth in the tennis competition, Garbiñe Muguruza doubted: “But what is it exactly a typhoon?

Some kind of tornado, very heavy rain or a little of everything?

The Spanish was referring to the talk of the day, because this Monday the celestial sky of Tokyo was acquiring a grayish tone and the city darkened;

Preamble, neither more nor less, of what the weather forecast anticipates and is yet to come: Nepartak will visit the Games.

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After a week of intense heat and a high level of humidity that has disrupted some athletes who compete outdoors, such as tennis players, the Japanese capital will receive a typhoon this Tuesday - the eighth of the season in the Pacific - that threatens some modalities and It worries the organizers, despite the fact that this Monday the spokesperson for the Olympic event, Masa Takaya, sent a reassuring message to the athletes assuring them that there will be storms and winds, but that in reality they will not be so bad: “I would not worry much, but we must take precautions ”.

Takaya emphasized that the meteorological phenomenon is classified in the Asian country as a typhoon, but that according to US standards it would be a category 3 tropical storm, on a scale of 5. In any case, a lot of water is expected - more than 150 millimeters in the central region of Tohoku and Kanto, where Tokyo is located - and gusts of more than 125 kilometers per hour. For this reason, the organization has been maneuvering for a couple of days and studying to what extent Nepartak can affect the development of the sports program.

“It is expected to make landfall in eastern Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee is working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), international federations and relevant bodies to ensure that established processes and plans are activated to respond to any inclement weather, should it be necessary ”, informed those responsible for the event, who have decided to modify the schedules of the rowing and archery competitions, and advanced the surf finals from the 28th to the 27th due to the waves.

In the same way, they transmitted that no further alterations are planned in the tests scheduled for Tuesday and that above all they want to "guarantee the safety of all participants."

However, depending on the aggressiveness of the typhoon, changes may occur in some modalities, especially aquatic (women's triathlon) or tennis, although the main court of the Ariake Tennis Park has a retractable cover that will allow, regardless of what happens , the activity does not stop completely.

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Source: elparis

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