Japan’s heat will impair Olympic athletes’ performance, says report

Japan's heat will impair Olympic athletes' performance, says report
A thermometer shows the temperature at over 40 degrees during a July 2018 media tour at the Japan National Stadium. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: According to a report backed by leading athletes, the impact of climate change (heat) will likely lead to “impaired” performances at the Tokyo Olympics.

In the report it is argued that summer heatwaves in Tokyo during the past three years indicate that conditions will be tough. The report is titled Rings of Fire and is backed by athletes.

Concerns over heat have caused the marathon to be moved from Tokyo.

Professor Mike Tipton, who helpled to produce the report, said he expects that the upcoming Olympics to be the most “thermally stressful Olympics” of recent times.

The professor from the University of Portsmouth said that the British Association for Sustainability in Sport (Basis) and scientists from the Priestley International Centre for Climate at Leeds University.

“The take-home message is you’ve probably got to move the Olympics to a different time of the year rather than a different geographical location or time of the day and I think that’s something, going forward, the International Olympic Committee will have to start considering,” he said during an interview with BBC.

Mara Yamauchi, who competed in the marathon for Britain at the 2012 and 2008 Olympics, backed the report saying: “We risk potentially far-reaching consequences for sport as we know it if climate change continues apace.”

The Tokyo Games – moved from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic – are scheduled to run from 23 July to 8 August.

According to the Rings of Fire report, there are concerns about climate In the run-up to the event.

The report says the mean annual temperature in the region has risen by 2.86 degrees since 1900 – three times as fast as the world average.

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