The 2020 Tokyo Olympics had to be rescheduled for a full year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the rescheduled Games could be facing another roadblock. On Sunday, Japan's Meterological Agency forecasted that Tropical Storm Nepartak could make landfall in Tokyo on Tuesday, according to the Japan Times.
If the Tropical Storm does make landfall, any outdoor sport could be at risk and may need to be rescheduled as a result. Takaya Masa, the spokesperson for the Tokyo organizing committee, told ESPN on Saturday that the body is closely following Nepartak to see if any events will need to be rescheduled.
"Changing the schedule is not a rare event, and we understand the burden it'll have on athletes. We're looking closely at the path of the typhoon to make decisions as preventative measures," Masa said. "Should it make land, there could be damages, and if that's going to be the case, we will take responsible measures."
The surfing schedule has already been altered due to the possible arrival of Nepartak. The medal heats for surfing were scheduled to be held on Wednesday, but were moved up a day as the area braves for the storm.
There remains a chance that Nepartak could head north towards the Tohoku region and spare the Kanto area of the country, which is where Tokyo is located. But there could also be heavy rain, strong winds and high waves in the seas around the Tokyo area. If Tropical Storm Nepartak does make landfall on Tuesday, it's expected to cause wind gusts of 78 miles-per-hour and 5.9 inches of rain in the Kanto area.
As of Sunday, Nepartak was 1,118 miles from Tokyo -- with wind gusts ranging up to 67 miles-per-hour.
One positive is that experts believe that Nepartak won't turn into a typhoon. Typhoons are common throughout Japan, but the Tokyo area typically sees those type of major storms later in the summer and in early fall.