BikeValley and NAQI® help build future Olympic success in Tokyo 2020 .
In view of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, Flanders Sports has commissioned innovative cooling garments for Belgian athletes. Flemish Secretary of Sports and Innovation Philippe Muyters is proud that Flemish companies and technology can contribute to help Belgian athletes achieve their best. The project is called Cold4Gold.
The preparations for Tokyo 2020 are full on, and especially the high temperatures and humidity will prove challenging for the athletes. During the Games, temperatures will rise above 30°C and humidity will be up to 70%. So it will be extremely important to help the athletes cool down before, during and after each performance. The human body functions less when overheated. Similar to the Championship in Brazil and the World Championship cycling in Qatar, it will be necessary to reduce any disadvantage .
Flanders Bike Valley, NAQI® , Bioracer, Devan Chemicals and Inuteq will together design and develop cooling garments and test these in the Flanders Valley climate chambers and wind tunnel testing facility. NAQI® CEO, Edgard Geyskens will bring top level sports innovative cooling gels and sprays, specifically for cooling down the entire body ,which can also be applied under a helmet for cyclists for example.