Tokyo Olympics: Lord Coe issues warning over UK athletics
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The Odaiba Marine Park is set to be the venue for both the swimming leg of the triathlon and the open water swimming competitions. However, concerns have been raised by local residents and now olympians about the smell surrounding the area.
One athlete said that the venue “smelled like a toilet”, according to the Asahi newspaper.
Fears are mounting that there could be a dangerous level of E.coli in the water if the smell emanating is from a sewage leak.
Following concerns raised by the athletes, the hosts have started work to clean up the water, however, the smell remains, along with fears of E.coli contamination.
Tokyo distributed 22,200 cubic metres of sand into the bay to help support water-cleaning organisms.
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To combat the E.coli levels in the water they created a three layer polyester screen and built storage tanks to hold wastewater.
Heavy rain is forecast in the Japanese capital from July 27, which would worsen the situation.
Justin Drew, Australian Triathlon team leader, said that their team will monitor the water quality two times a day leading up to the competition.
“We are confident in the measures put in place by (the Tokyo organising committee) including the installation of a triple filter screening system for this year as opposed to a single filter used last year for the Test Event,” Mr Drew told Fox Sports.
“There are daily checks of water quality and water temperatures and [The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic Games] has plans in place to address any issues surrounding the water in the build up to competition days.
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“These challenges are part of putting on races in a big city – we’re are just going to get on with preparing to compete.
“We will continue to monitor and be provided with regular daily checks on the water as well.”
The triathlon starts on July 26 and with the high rainfall due to start the next day its fuelling concerns about sewage leaks.
These are not the first complaints about the water quality in the area.
The Odaiba Marine Park is an urban beach in the centre of Tokyo and in 2019 the swimming leg of the Paratriathlon World Cup was forced to be canceled due to dangerously high levels of E.coli.
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