Hundreds of Horses Flown to Japan for Tokyo Olympics

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  • Miniature of National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, is seen in a 1:1000 scale version of Tokyo at Mori Building Urban Lab in Tokyo, Japan, April 26, 2021. The Urban Lab project at Tokyo's Mori Building features a 1:1000 scale model of Tokyo that represents about 230 square kilometres (89 square miles) - the 13 wards at the heart of the Japanese capital. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

    Miniature of National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, is seen in a 1:1000 scale version of Tokyo at Mori Building Urban Lab in Tokyo, Japan, April 26, 2021. The Urban Lab project at Tokyo's Mori Building features a 1:1000 scale model of Tokyo that represents about 230 square kilometres (89 square miles) - the 13 wards at the heart of the Japanese capital. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Hundreds of horses were flown from various nations to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics. The transportation process is not easy.

    Hundreds of horses, each weighing 510 to 630 kilograms, were transported by planes in special stables—each carrying two horses. The stables' temperature is set at 16 degrees Celsius. 

    This is the first time for Tokyo's Haneda Airport to handle shipments of horses, each of great value. "These are not just horses, they are Olympic horses," said Tokyo International Airport administrator Takahashi Koji.

    This year's first Olympic flight was from Europe, carrying 36 horses from Belgium via Dubai to Tokyo on an 18-hour journey. The same plane also carried 12,000 kilograms of feed and 13,500 kilograms of horse equipment.

    All horses undergo a 60-day health surveillance period and a seven-day quarantine prior to the flights.

    The equestrian competition at the Tokyo Olympics will take place from July 24 to August 7, 2021, where athletes will compete for six medals.

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