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.

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