Organizers of next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games will have the chance to inspect the water quality at Odaiba Marine Park when the venue hosts the open water swimming test event for Tokyo 2020 tomorrow. A total of 40 athletes 23 men and 17 women have entered the competition at the Tokyo 2020 venue. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Swimming can get Olympic Swimming Tickets online.

Both races will be contested over five kilometers, half the Olympic distance of 10km. The event will give Tokyo 2020 and the International Swimming Federation (FINA) a closer look at conditions at Odaiba Marine Park, which is also due to host triathlon at next year’s Games.

Water quality main concern to host open water swimming test event at Tokyo Olympic 2020
Water quality main concern to host open water swimming test event at Tokyo Olympic 2020

Last October, organizers announced positive water quality test results from the venue. FINA and the International Triathlon Union had raised concerns in 2017 regarding the quality of the water after a survey revealed it was not good enough to meet their required standards.

Test results showed levels of E. coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and fecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than the permitted levels. Fears have been allayed since, although Tokyo 2020 will be keeping a close eye on the standard of the water during tomorrow’s races.

The Organizing Committee has also taken measures to monitor and improve the quality levels at the venue, including underwater screens which could be deployed during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The open water test event is the latest to be held as part of the Ready Steady Tokyo Olympic 2020 series.

Water quality main concern to host open water swimming test event at Tokyo Olympic 2020
Water quality main concern to host open water swimming test event at Tokyo Olympic 2020

According to the Tokyo Olympic 2020 Organizing Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the results of the further tests should allay fears. The Organizing Committee facilitated a series of experiments that aimed to monitor the water quality levels and provided updates on the work they had done to improve the situation.

A test was performed during the dates that correspond to those scheduled for the Games and Tokyo 2020 reported that there were no instances where the targeted maximum water temperature of 31 degrees Celsius was exceeded.

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