Forecasters have warned a typhoon is heading close to the area on Monday. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre has warned of a medium chance for tropical development on July 26, just days into the games. The Typhoon is currently forming in the Philippine Sea and is expected to move westwards over the weekend.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said: “While it’s still too early to have high confidence in the exact track and intensity of this system, there are early indications that it could threaten Tokyo later Monday or Tuesday, local time.”
Forecasters have also warned of extreme heat in what could be the hottest games on record.
Temperatures are set to remain above 30C over the next few days in Tokyo with some athletes forced to use cooling vests amid the scorching heat.
Such are the high temperatures, a Russian archer fainted while participating in the qualifying round.
Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed today due to the high heat and humidity.
Her coach said: “We hope that she will be okay.
“It turns out that she couldn’t stand a whole day out in the heat.”
Mark England, Britain’s Chef de Mission in Tokyo revealed Team GB had been preparing for the heat due to the high levels expected.
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Ahead of the opening ceremony, protestors erupted in the city amid fears over the rise in Covid cases.
The Tokyo 2020 CEO refused to rule out taking immediate action if cases continue to rise during the games.
He said this week: “We cannot predict what the epidemic will look like in the future.”
Athletes have also been handed a 7-page rulebook in order to reduce the risk of Covid and will be tested daily.
Covid cases across Japan began to rise in late June with 5,387 reported on July 22.
That is above the weekly average of 3,823 and surpassed the previous week’s average of 2,454.
In Tokyo, cases have risen rapidly from 534 on June 26 to 1,979 on July 22.