Intense heat and high humidity could pose a serious risk to athletes at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, according to a report backed by leading athletes.
The report, titled ‘Rings of Fire,’ published on Wednesday by the British Association for Sustainable Sport details the concerns of leading athletes and scientists about the health impacts of soaring temperatures in Japan.
According to the report, it is argued that summer heatwaves in Tokyo during the past three years indicate that conditions will be tough.
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.
In 2018, a July heatwave was called a natural disaster by Japan’s weather agency, while in 2019 more than 5,000 people were hospitalised in around a week because of conditions.
These concerns over heat have caused the marathon to be moved from Tokyo.
The Olympics are due to run from July 23 to August 8; a time when Japan usually experiences its highest annual temperatures, which are soaring even higher in the warming climate.