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The Heat of Battle

With Tokyo 2020 predicted to be the hottest games ever, Row360 looks at how teams are already preparing to take on the heat and humidity.

As any Olympic/Paralympic Games (or in fact, any major sporting event) approaches, it’s not unusual for the media to focus on negative stories surrounding the competition. Worrying levels of pollution meant that in 2008, the Beijing Olympics announced themselves on the world stage of sport under a metaphorical as well as a literal cloud of smog. London’s weakness was predicted to be transportation, while Rio de Janeiro faced two major challenges – the Zika virus and water quality. Thankfully both failed to make an impact on the games, unless the Serbian M2- have sprouted extra limbs following their mid-heat swim on the opening day of competition.

For Tokyo 2020, the story has become the city’s heat and humidity, with these games predicted to be the hottest ever. Unlike previous predictions of doom, this one is likely to have a measurable affect on competition and results. Let’s consider the effects on rowing in the Central Breakwater in Tokyo Bay next year and what the competing nations can do to prepare.

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