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Tokyo Olympic CEO promises clean games for Japan

Tokyo Olympic CEO promises clear video games for Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo Olympic official promised a clear video games on Wednesday, pledging to enhance water high quality within the venue for marathon swimming and triathlon, and to ban 4 massive Japanese development firms which have been charged with colluding on bids.

Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, spoke following a gathering of the group‘s govt board.

Final yr, E.coli concentrations had been discovered to be 21 instances above the accepted restrict within the Odaiba space of Tokyo Bay, the venue for triathlon and marathon swimming.

Fecal coliform micro organism had been additionally detected.

Officers have blamed a lot of the issue on heavy rains final yr, a shock sanitation drawback in a rustic recognized for cleanliness. Organizers say underwater screens will likely be experimented with this yr.

We’re going to put in place some particular filtering screens within the water to defend any impurities,” Muto stated. “We predict that is in all probability one of many efficient measures we are able to take.”

Exams carried out final yr confirmed water-quality requirements required for marathon swimming had been met on solely 10 of 26 days — and solely six of 26 days for triathlon.

Muto stated organizers would “ensure that water high quality is at a excessive degree.”

The Worldwide Olympic Committee has talked about water high quality as certainly one of Tokyo’s few issues.

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics had been suffering from extreme air pollution in Guanabara Bay, the venue for crusing. Rio dumps a lot of its untreated sewage into the sprawling bay, and avoiding floating particles was a serious drawback for sailors.

Muto additionally stated 4 firms which have been banned by the Tokyo metropolitan authorities for bid rigging wouldn’t be concerned in future tenders on Olympic tasks.

Tokyo prosecutors pressed fees Friday in opposition to the 4 firms for allegedly colluding on bids for a high-speed prepare line. The 4 builders — Taisei Corp., Kajima Corp., Obayashi Corp., and Shimizu Corp. — are additionally main contractors on Tokyo Olympic tasks.

In the intervening time, we are going to chorus from providing (new) contracts to the 4 firms,” Muto stated.

Muto hedged barely, saying the businesses is likely to be allowed to hitch new bidding if participation is required to fulfill Olympic deadlines.

“The deadlines can’t be moved,” he stated.

Muto stated he hoped to carry an govt board assembly in July in Fukushima. The prefecture was devastated when a nuclear reactor was broken through the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The prefecture north of Tokyo is a venue for Olympic baseball and softball, and organizers hope enjoying video games there’ll persuade skeptics about security.

“That will likely be an awesome alternative for us to speak instantly with the catastrophe victims and households,” Muto stated, “and to have a look at the catastrophe space and the restoration.”

Updated: March 30, 2018 — 5:49 am

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