‘Cursed’ Tokyo Olympics take another blow as incoming typhoon with torrential rain and 56mph winds will hit Japan by Tuesday
First came Covid, then the unbearable heat – and now a rising typhoon could further pound the ‘cursed’ Tokyo Olympics.
Forecasters fear that torrential rains and gusts of 56 mph could hit Japan on Tuesday, leaving only the surfers happy.
Meteorologist Jim Rouiller said, “That’s really all they need. A tropical storm heading straight for Tokyo.’
The rowing races scheduled for Monday have been brought forward to today, now that tropical storm Nepartak is hitting.
Surfing makes its debut at the Games and yesterday big waves formed at the competition area at Tsurigasaki Beach, 65 kilometers east of the capital.
“There will be good waves. There is a strong typhoon off the coast of Japan and we know the waves are getting bigger,” said Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association.
But the torrential rains could ruin other events, including dressage, where Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin goes for gold.
The Tokyo Olympics are already facing problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, amid news that a typhoon is headed for Japan (Pictured: National Stadium at this week’s opening ceremony)
The torrential rain could wreak havoc on other events, including dressage, where Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin (pictured) goes for gold
The organizers of the postponed Games had boasted that “with many days of mild and sunny weather, this period provides an ideal climate for athletes to perform at their best.”
But it’s not uncommon for summers in Tokyo to be extremely hot and humid, and more than 1,000 people died in a heat wave in 2018.
In 2019, organizers moved many of the endurance events, including the marathon, 500 miles north of the capital, where the climate is cooler.
Last week a beach volleyball practice had to be postponed because players complained that the sand was too hot for their bare feet.
Yesterday temperatures reached 93F (34C) with humidity up to 70 percent. Athletes, including Team GB rower Victoria Thornley, had to cool off with ice vests.
After the Games were postponed for a year due to Covid and there were problems over the stadium’s price and design, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso said they were “cursed”.
Polls show that only 19 percent of Japanese believe the event can be held safely during the pandemic.
During Friday’s understated opening ceremony, only 950 of the 68,000 arena seats were occupied and regular testing and distancing is underway.
There have been 127 Covid cases related to the Games and Tokyo is under a state of emergency, barring the public from all events.