January 31, 2019
What if a tsunami?
The Organizing Committee of the 2020 Games in Tokyo decided to reduce by one-third the number of seats for spectators of the Olympic sailing regatta.
It was originally planned that the stands for fans in the sailing center on Enoshima Island, where yachtsmen competitions will take place, will be designed for 5,000 people. However, after consulting with specialists, this number was decided to be reduced to 3,300. This will allow for the rapid evacuation of all viewers in the event of a tsunami approach, NHK reported.
Many scientists, and after them some government officials, as the NHK stresses, predict the strongest earthquake in the Greater Tokyo area (to which Enoshima belongs) over the next thirty years. At the same time, the immediate risk of a tsunami occurring during the Olympics 2020 is small, but, as the Organizing Committee believes, it is better to be safe. Agree, there is logic in it.
The decision to reduce the number of spectators of the Olympic regatta is not the only one adopted in recent days by the Organizing Committee. In order not to endanger the health of athletes and spectators, the men's and women's marathons will begin at 6 am (one and a half hours earlier than originally planned), and the start of men's walking 50 km will take place at 5.30 am (two hours earlier).
Recall the Games will be held in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9 next year. There at this time the thermometer often rises to the mark of 40 degrees Celsius …
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