Tokyo – Triathlon events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be staged
on the large man-made island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay and will start early in the
morning to counter the heat that is expected in the Japanese capital.
Tokyo Games organisers and the International Triathlon Union
on Thursday revealed plans for the individual triathlons, mixed relay and
As with the marathon, the potential for scorching summer
conditions factored into the plans. The triathlons will start at 08:00 instead
of 10:00 as originally planned.
Japan is in the midst of a deadly heatwave, with
temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius. The heat has been blamed for 116
The 1964 Games in Tokyo were held in October to avoid the
harshest of the heat. That was before the Olympics schedule was influenced by
rights-paying broadcasters and sponsors.