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Tokyo finds high bacteria levels at open-water swim venue

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 01:21

Organisers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have found bacteria levels are as much as 20 times above the accepted limit at the marathon swimming and triathlon venue

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SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 4, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. MEMBERS OF THE TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) SEATED AT IOC NEWS CONFERENCE 2. OLYMPICS LOGO READING (English): "TOKYO 2020" 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VICE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, JOHN COATES, SAYING: "We're conscious that due to exceptionally bad weather this summer, the readings were not what they should be, and we are looking for reports from Tokyo municipal government as to what they're planning to do to ensure that even in the worst of conditions that those matters will be addressed and that the health of the athletes in those two sports will not be prejudiced in any way." 4. ODAIBA MARINE PARK, THE VENUE FOR THE TOKYO 2020 MARATHON SWIMMING AND TRIATHLON EVENTS 5. SIGN READING (English): "THE SWIM IN THE PARK IS PROHIBITED" 6. VARIOUS OF ODAIBA MARINE PARK 7. CHILD WALKING INTO WATER STORY: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers said on Wednesday (October 4) that tests showed levels of E. Coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and faecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than agreed at the planned venue for marathon swimming and triathlon. Organisers have vowed to improve the water quality to ensure the safety of athletes, including through installing underwater screens at Odaiba Marine Park to limit the amount of faecal coliform bactria flowing from offshore during rainy periods. They also said they would consider amending event dates and times during the Games in response to weather conditions. Tests carried out during 26 days between July and September showed that water quality standards set by the international federations were met on only 10 days for marathon swimming and just six days for triathlon.

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Tokyo finds high bacteria levels at open-water swim venue

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 01:21