The Olympics have just gotten under way, but already sweltering conditions in the host city are adversely affecting some athletes
Concern about heat-related issues have already surfaced at the Games, where heat and humidity have already challenged athletes.
July 25, 2021 4:00 am ETTOKYO—The Olympics have just gotten under way, but already sweltering conditions here in the host city are adversely affecting some athletes.Tokyo’s sometimes inhospitable summer weather—temperatures here have been around 90 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity topping 80%—have been a concern from the moment the city was awarded these Games in 2013. They fell by the wayside over the past year as the Covid-19 pandemic became an urgent concern.
But heat immediately resurfaced as an issue just before the opening ceremony of theTokyo Gameslast Friday, when Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva lost consciousness due to the heat after finishing her qualifying round, according to the Russian Olympic Committee. She was attended by doctors, coach Stanislav Popov said.
Heat also took a toll on early tennis matches on Saturday as some players took medical timeouts and reached for ice packs to cool down. “It was some of the worst (heat) I’ve ever had,” said Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev.“Humidity is brutal, because it’s very hot and also very humid, so the hard courts absorb the heat, and it stays trapped in there,” the world’s No.1-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic said. “Not much wind, not much breeze.” headtopics.comRead more: The Wall Street Journal »
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