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Olympic organizers preparing for oyster threat

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An unusual threat is facing Tokyo Olympic officials and the waterway where canoeing and rowing events are set to take place: oysters.

The Olympics are bracing for the possibility of an overflow of shellfish at the Sea Forest Waterway.

The possibility first came to light at a trial event in 2019 where equipment began to sink. Crews soon found that about 31,000 pounds of oysters were weighing down the equipment.

Organizers have spent an estimated $1.3 million in repairs.