Several rowers have been reportedly treated for heatstroke at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships which also served as a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic regatta. The Championships were held at the Sea Forest Waterway Tokyo Bay which will serve as the location for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Rowing can get Olympic Rowing Tickets online.

While the conditions on the water were adapted for the competition the extreme heat and temperatures caused problems which were all under the age of 18. Temperatures reached around 34 degrees with Japanese agency Kyodo News reporting that a British rower was unable to move after his stretcher to the medical station while athletes were seen staggering during the medal ceremonies.

Tokyo 2020: Many rowers treated for heatstroke at World Rowing Junior Championships
Tokyo 2020: Many rowers treated for heatstroke at World Rowing Junior Championships

A member of medical staff said additional safety measures, including a dedicated cooling off area, would be needed during the Olympics while officials said the ice baths and mist cooling system were used during the Junior Championships were not enough. There are also questions about the safety of spectators as they are uncovered.

An executive from the Japan Rowing Association said. “A roof is absolutely necessary even if it is the simplest design.”

Huge summer temperatures in Tokyo are proving a major concern one year ahead of the Olympics 2020 Summer Games. A total of 57 people have died across Japan as a result of a heatwave between July 29 and August 4 and the country’s broadcaster NHK reports another 18,347 people have been taken to hospital with temperatures remaining above 31 degrees Celsius since July 24.

Tokyo 2020: Many rowers treated for heatstroke at World Rowing Junior Championships
Tokyo 2020: Many rowers treated for heatstroke at World Rowing Junior Championships

In the competition itself, Germany topped the medal table with five gold’s including in the men’s and women’s single sculls and 12 in total. Alexandra Foster also added gold for Germany in the women’s single, holding off a strong challenge from Russia’s Anastasiia Liubich who got silver while bronze went to Katelin Gildersleeve of the United States.

China collected six medals with two golds including the women’s eight placings them second on the overall medals table. Italy, who earned seven medals, won their first day of the day the women’s coxed oven. Australia, meanwhile picked up gold in the men’s double sculls, Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox completing the regatta undefeated.

“We’re training for the last two years to try and achieve this so it’s a really special moment,” Henriques said.

“The dream would be to be represented in Australia – both at Under-23 and at the senior level.”

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