Asbestos at The Olympics – Tokyo
by Connor Burke
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics committee have said they will be taking “emergency countermeasures” after it was discovered that there was asbestos at the water polo venue after having initially decided against treating it when it was discovered two years ago, it was reported by the Asahi newspaper on Monday.
The report claimed the potentially deadly substance was found by the Tokyo government in fireproof material sprayed on part of the supporting structure for the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre’s roof. Despite the regulations for the Japanese construction industry stating that all asbestos must be removed or covered up, the Tokyo government deemed that the amount found was not large in scale, is in a stable condition and isn’t in an area that it will come in to contact with the public.
The new allegations are the latest in a series of hiccups for Tokyo 2020 organisers in the build-up to the games this summer, who have faced concerns over elevated levels of bacteria in the water in Tokyo Bay and questions of how athletes will be able to cope with the summer heat, which has led to the marathon event to be moved to the far northern city of Sapporo.
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