Olympics: Tokyo to test artificial snow to cool Olympic spectators

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee has already rolled out everything from misting stations to flowerbeds to beat the heat at next year's ...

TOKYO: The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee has already rolled out everything from misting stations to flowerbeds to beat the heat at next year's games, and now they want to let it snow.

Organisers confirmed Thursday that they plan to test the use of artificial snow at a canoe event later this month as they look for novel ways to keep spectators and athletes cool during Tokyo's notoriously steamy summer months."Artificial snow will be sprayed over spectator seating," some of which may be in direct sunlight, during a canoeing event on Sep 13 that will serve as a test for the Olympics, a spokeswoman for the Tokyo 2020 organisers told AFP.

"We haven't decided definitively that we will use this system next year for the Olympics, but we want to test it to see how effective it is," she said. "We're open to trying all potentially useful ideas," she added, when asked about possible criticism of the environmental side-effects of the method. Olympic organisers have been on the offensive over concerns that holding the Games during summer months when Tokyo regularly reaches 35 degrees Celcius with 80 per cent humidity will be unsafe.

 

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