Tokyo Olympics: ‘Plague of oysters’ threaten key venue

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image captionThe Sea Woodland Waterway has a weighty and pricey field

Officers in Tokyo are nervously eyeing the waters at a serious Olympic venue where an unwanted customer has sign $1.28m (£930,000) in emergency repairs.

The Sea Woodland Waterway in Tokyo Bay which will host the canoeing and rowing events modified into once ready prior to agenda.

However the one ingredient no-one counted on modified into once oysters.

Huge numbers of them had linked themselves to floats intended to cease waves bouncing support across the water and on to the athletes.

The oysters had been found out when puzzled officers began investigating why the floats had began sinking.

Fixing the sphere has been an precise and time appealing project.

Equipment laid over a span of 5.6km (3.4mi) either had to be dragged ashore and repaired, or cleaned in arena by groups of divers. In entire, they eradicated 14 tonnes of oysters.

And these weren’t factual any shellfish. Officers found out they had been magaki oysters, which is at risk of be a massively neatly-liked delicacy all the contrivance in which via the winter in Japan.

Alternatively, they have not been ready to take hold of earnings of their bumper harvest.

“We did no longer take into accounts appealing them,” a member of the crew suggested the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. “That will perhaps perhaps entail safety tests.”

An actual shame because of, though prices fluctuate round the globe, those oysters would possibly maybe perhaps with out quandary be worth tens of hundreds of bucks.

The Sea Woodland Waterway is the single worldwide long-established rowing course within the total nation.

With a funds of only about $1.5m a yr to withhold it afloat after the video games are over, authorities higher hope they glean a prolonged-term solution to their pricey oyster field.

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