- Title: Paralympic marathon to start 30 minutes earlier due to heat concerns
- Date: 13th August 2019
- Summary: ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PARALYMPIC MASCOT SOMEITY ARRIVING AND DANCING VARIOUS OF SOMEITY DANCING NEXT TO PARALYMPIC TABLE TENNIS PLAYER, KOYO IWABUCHI, AND PARALYMPIC SPRINTER SAE SHIGEMOTO (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) PARALYMPIC TABLE TENNIS PLAYER, KOYO IWABUCHI, SAYING: "My aim for Tokyo 2020 is to get more than a gold medal. Yes, I could win a gold medal then I would like to contribute to promoting para-sports to the people. With that in mind, I would say that I would like to achieve more than a gold medal (at Tokyo 2020). So, I will do my best and please support me." SOMEITY, IWABUCHI AND SHIGEMOTO CHEERING SHIGEMOTO CHEERING / SOMEITY SOMEITY, IWABUCHI AND SHIGEMOTO CHEERING
- Embargoed: 27th August 2019 09:10
- Keywords: Paralympic Games heat high temperatures Tokyo Japan Olympic Games marathon
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA003AS1UQ0V
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- Story Text:The marathon race at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will start 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled, as part of the organisers' efforts to tackle the heat threat to athletes and fans in the Japanese capital.
With less than a year to go until the start of the Olympics, the Games' ability to contend with extreme heat is a key talking point, particularly after a worker at a Tokyo 2020 construction site died on Thursday, with heatstroke suspected as the cause.
Soaring temperatures have killed at least 57 people across Japan since late July, highlighting the possible health threat to athletes and fans.
While announcing the full schedule of the Paralympics, which runs from Aug. 25-Sept. 6, organisers said changes were being made to accommodate the high temperatures, including starting the marathon at 6.30 a.m. local time (2130 GMT).
Besides high temperatures, organisers may have to contend with Japan's notoriously devastating typhoon season, which usually runs from July to October.
Murofushi did not provide details of Tokyo 2020's measures should a huge typhoon hit during the Paralympics but said a contingency plan was in place.
Tickets for the Paralympics will go on sale for Japanese residents in a lottery starting on August 22, with ticket prices for groups and families starting for as little as 500 yen ($4.75).
The low-priced tickets are aimed at under-12 children and those with disabilities in a bid to boost attendance and interest in the Games.
The most expensive tickets are for the opening ceremony on Aug. 25. The highest category will cost 150,000 yen (about $1,427) while the costliest sports are the finals of the swimming and wheelchair basketball.
Men's wheelchair basketball - one of the most popular events at any Paralympics - is the final medal event and will be held before the closing ceremony on Sept. 6.
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