The clock is ticking. I hope the Olympic officials face the elephant in the room. Tinkering with daylight savings time and sprinkling water on the ground will not prevent the risks of heatstroke for participants and visitors. If organizers act soon and schedule the Olympics dates for June’s milder weather, then there will be little disruption for the various nations to hold their trials and assemble their teams.

The Japanese people have invested too much time, effort and money to let the games be held hostage by severe heat or a typhoon. Like many people around the world, I sincerely hope for a successful 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


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