Extensive contingency plans have been drawn up for the 2019 World Cup as Japan reels from the latest spate of pure disasters that could additionally strike throughout the event.
Earlier this month the nation endured its strongest hurricane for 25 years that precipitated tidal surges and flooding within the west of the nation, killing not less than 11 individuals and leaving scores injured.
Worse was to observe when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake within the north initiated landslides through which 39 individuals lost their lives, including in Sapporo the place England launch their World Cup against Tonga on September 22 subsequent year.
In June there was an earthquake in Osaka, and July was scarred by flash flooding and a heatwave through which multiple extra perished.
But whereas Asia’s first staging of the event presents distinctive challenges to the organisers, head of Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin insists consolation could be taken from the hosts’ readiness for all eventualities.
“It’s a real hot topic for us right now. Teams will be arriving next year at a time when in this year Japan has experienced a pretty significant typhoon and earthquake,” Gilpin mentioned.
“We are planning proper via from what occurs if a team resort or coaching venue is lost to what occurs if a number of match venues are lost. We are working via all these situations.
“It’s a posh piece and one thing we might do for each event, however this one has a heightened sense of realism to it. We must take it severely.
“But there’s additionally a heightened sense of consolation that Japan offers with these points on a regular basis. It’s not as if we’re coping with a one-off right here. As they very calmly inform us, they’ve 480 earthquakes a year.
“Their venues and hotels are built to withstand incredible adverse conditions. What you tend to see in Japan is generally it’s older buildings and structures that are affected when they have either earthquakes or typhoons.”
The capacity to adapt to any extreme climate occasion doesn’t prolong to altering host nation or extending the time frame of the competitors, nevertheless.
“If you look at types of events that have affected Japan and you think about the scale, it would be unprecedented even in Japan for something to effect that nationwide spread,” Gilpin mentioned.
Aside from the specter of catastrophic climate occasions, organisers are being pressured to handle one other distinctive problem – the notion of tattoos amongst a public who see them as figuring out a member of organised crime known as Yakuza.
Jack Nowell and Courtney Lawes are two England players who’re closely tattooed, however it’s Pacific Islanders who’re probably the most extensively inked.
“We will make the public aware that people with tattoos in a World Cup context are not part of the Yakuza. That’s where the issue comes from,” Gilpin mentioned.
“We have achieved loads within the final year or so with the groups to get them to know that.
“The idea of putting a rash-vest on in the pool or in a gym, they will buy into as they want to respect the Japanese culture. We’ll position it as self-policing.”