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Tokyo 2020 considers schedule changes to avoid weather disruption

KAWASAKI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 13: People clear mud from their homes after being flooded during Typhoon Hagibis, on October 13, 2019 in Kawasaki, Japan. At least five people are reported dead and many others are missing after Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful storms in decades, swept across the country. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

In the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics organisers are considering starting competitions before their respective opening ceremonies should bad weather be forecast.

The Daily Telegraph reports the International Paralympic Committee confirmed it has powers to bring forward non-medal events, such as heats and group-stage matches, in the event of extreme weather. This is particularly important for the Paralympics because its dates, between August 25 and September 6, are right in the middle of storm season in Japan.

Administrators will have to rely on long-term weather forecasts to avoid interruptions like those at the ongoing Rugby World Cup. The England-France and New Zealand-Italy rugby fixtures last weekend were cancelled and there has been confusion over other fixtures as a result of the typhoon, which was Japan’s strongest storm in six decades.

Speaking at the Tokyo 2020 World Press Briefing this week, the chief executive of the organising committee Toshiro Muto said Hagibis has caused some damage to temporary structures erected for the games, according to urdupoint.com.

The four-day press briefing began on Tuesday with a presentation from the Tokyo 2020 organising committee on media operations, covering media venue logistics, technology, accreditation and transport.