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SNOW CANNONS TESTED FOR SUMMER OLYMPICS
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Crowds of volunteers were sprayed at a test event in Japan. Snow guns may be used to keep people cool at next summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.





The temperatures are expected to be over 30 Celsius and artificial snow may be used.

"The organising committee want to try all we can to mitigate the heat, and this is one of the ideas that we came up with," said Taka Okamura, a senior director at the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

"It isn't going to lower the air temperature, but hopefully the ice will make the people it hits feel cooler."

"The advantage of this machine is having a spray device to help the audience feel refreshed - and the amusement factor."

We reported on the trial earlier on PlanetSKI.

The test took place at a canoeing event at the Sea Forest Waterway venue.

300kg of snow was sprayed over 150 volunteers over five minutes.

Further tests will be carried out.

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held from 24th July to 9th August, with the Paralympics scheduled from 25th August to 6th September.

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