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Ping pong players keep their temperatures in check


A Chinese table tennis player walks past thermographic imaging camera and monitor during the World Table Tennis Championships in Yokohama

You could ordinarily be forgiven for having sweaty palms and a quickening heartbeat before you play a world championship final.

But not if your sport is ping pong and you are playing in the world table tennis finals in Yokohama.

Players were undergoing thermographic imaging checks upon arrival at the venue following a local flu scare.

Japanese organisers brought in the equipment, similar to machines used at the country’s major airports, after a schoolboy was admitted to hospital.

from Raw Japan:

Ping-pong-lish has fans in a spin

For all the giant strides Japan has made in putting up signs nationwide to show foreign visitors what they should or should not do in temples, public baths and sports stadiums, it seems someone forgotĀ about the world table tennis championships in Yokohama.

The English version of the official website for the tournament delightfully serves up "suitable assistance" guidelines for visiting fans.