The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Typhoon could disrupt events


● AS if dealing with a pandemic was not enough, Tokyo Olympic Games organisers are now bracing themselves for the arrival of a potentiall­y-disruptive typhoon.

Tropical Storm Nepartak is due to hit central and northern parts of Japan by tomorrow, with concerns it will bring with it winds approachin­g a staggering 70mph.

Rowing schedules have already been brought forward by 24 hours, which meant Team GB flag bearer Mohamed Sbihi was yesterday in action just hours after appearing in an Opening Ceremony which did not finish until midnight.

And there are fears over the triathlon competitio­ns — due to take place tomorrow and Tuesday. The likelihood of a 1,500m swim in Tokyo Bay and a 40km bike leg taking place in such violent conditions is slim.

The developmen­t is not the first time weather conditions have impacted on sporting contests in Japan. At the 2019 Rugby World Cup, matches were postponed because of a typhoon. Indeed, Scotland became embroiled in a huge row when it looked like their match against the hosts, which they ultimately lost, may have been cancelled.

Currently, Team GB’s competitor­s are dealing with extreme heat. Rowing pair Helen Glover and Polly Swann qualified but finished only third in blazing sunshine.

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