What is on tonight, Tokyo time?
Thanks Luke. Greetings once again. Can’t get enough Games. What’s on? Group matches continue for the goalball, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. The judo medal bouts for various classes have just begun. And recapping that only three matches in wheelchair tennis were possible today before the heat policy forced a delay.
Plenty of finals coming up, and some marquee team matches. All times are in Tokyo: plus one hour for Australia’s east coast, minus eight hours for the UK, minus years in prison for Majorca.
4:30 – powerlifting. The women’s -55kg final.
4:40 – table tennis quarter finals begin, and go long into the night.
5pm – swimming. Medal races across 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m free.
5:30 – wheelchair rugby. Group match with Great Britain v USA.
6:30 – powerlifting. The men’s -65kg final.
6:30 – wheelchair fencing. Gold bouts in the team épée.
7pm – athletics. Medals ahoy. The men’s shot put (T55 and F57) and long jump (T11). The women’s (T37). The men’s 100m (T37 and T47). And the men’s 400m (T52).
7pm – equestrian. The Grade III individual dressage.
8pm – wheelchair rugby. New Zealand v Canada.
That’s all from me for now. Hope you’ve enjoyed the action as much I have. Geoff Lemon will take over from here.
Extreme heat stops play in wheelchair tennis
An unwelcome first at the Games today as outdoor play at the wheelchair tennis has been suspended due to extreme heat. Matches outside of centre court will not resume play until 5pm JST (at the earliest) after wet globe bulb temperatures of 31.2 degrees celsius were recorded. That exceeds a limit of 30.1 degrees WGBT set earlier this year by the International Tennis Federation in order to secure the safety of players at Tokyo 2020.
Wet globe bulb temperatures take a greater account of humidity than conventional measures and are used as a guide to how safe it is for human beings to be outdoors.
Oppressive heat during tennis competition at the Olympics caused one player to faint on court and was the subject of multiple complaints from players. From July 29, Tokyo 2020 officials opted to move the start of play to the late afternoon. Today’s play, however, started at 11am JST despite a forecast of temperatures at least as high as 34 degrees by conventional measures. People with disabilities are at greater risk to their health from exposure to extreme heat.
Some (relatively) good news on the Covid-19 front today with the news that no athletes have tested positive for the virus. That’s the first 0 case day since August 19 when a number of teams were yet to arrive in the country. Official stats show the testing programme recorded 13 positive cases in total, with nine contractors testing positive and two representatives of the media.
It was also confirmed that the unidentified member of ‘Games-related personnel’ who was admitted to hospital yesterday is continuing to receive medical treatment today. Their condition is ‘not severe’ according to a Tokyo 2020 spokesperson.