2021.08.04 15:12Nation

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2021.08.04 15:12Nation

Olympic Marathon Events to Use Ice Bags amid Broiling Heat

Plastic bags packed with ice will be used to protect runners from heat wave at the Tokyo Olympic marathon events, to be held in Sapporo in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido this weekend.
   The Tokyo Games organizing committee chose ice bags for wet sponges, often used for marathon races for cooling participating athletes, in order to reduce the risk of novel coronavirus infection. Like elsewhere in Japan, Hokkaido is seeing a surge in new COVID-19 cases.
   The northern city, far away from Tokyo, has been picked as the venue for the Olympic marathon instead of the Japanese capital, which tends to be hit by scorching heat in summer.
   But Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, has recently been crippled by broiling heat, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius or higher for 15 successive days through Wednesday, near the record 17 straight days marked in 1924, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency's Sapporo Regional Headquarters.
   The women's marathon will take place Saturday and the men's race Sunday, the final day of the Tokyo Olympics, with each event featuring up to 80 runners.