Olympic athletes and volunteers in Tokyo ‘tortured’ by heat

Olympic athletes and volunteers in Tokyo ‘tortured’ by heat

Hottest Games in history will put pressure on organisers to rethink sport in light of climate change

Olympic athletes and volunteers in Tokyo are being “tortured” by dangerous heat, meteorologists have warned, as the hottest Games in history puts pressure on organisers to rethink the future of sport in a climate-disrupted world.

Temperatures hit 34C in the Japanese capital on Thursday with humidity of nearly 70%. Athletes and sports scientists say this combination of heat and moisture has led to “brutal” conditions, which must be avoided at future events.

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