Several Olympic committees around the world have expressed concerns of the safety of food and water during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because of elevated radiation levels caused by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 2011.
In particular, South Korea’s National Olympic Committee expressed its concerns in an official letter to Tokyo Olympics organizers that vegetables grown in Fukushima prefecture would be given to Olympians during the games.
“Nothing is more important than safety,” said Park Yang-woo, South Korea’s Minister of Sport to media outlets in Seoul.
“We will seek consultations with the International Olympic Committee and others to secure our athletes’ safety and ensure that the Tokyo Olympics will be held in a safe environment,” he added.
Commentators also noted that several events will be hosted in Fukushima prefecture next summer. The Olympic torch relay in Japan will also start in Fukushima.
Japanese Olympic organizers and the Fukushima local government stated that they will follow strict food safety guidelines and monitor food radiation levels regularly.
“We are only shipping primary products which are certified to be safe through multiple inspections in each stage with cooperation among municipal and prefectural government, production areas, producers, distributors and retailers,” stated the Fukushima government in a release.