Scorching heat at the Olympics portends worse to come for sport amid climate crisis

Tokyo hit 34.7 deg C, the hottest it has been in the capital thus far this year.
Tokyo hit 34.7 deg C, the hottest it has been in the capital thus far this year.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TOKYO - The world's top athletes have struggled to cope with Tokyo's blazing humid summer, prompting experts to warn that the heat factor cannot be underestimated in the planning of future sporting meets in a fast-warming planet.

The heat and humidity have been major hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, with athletes turning to popsicles, ice cream, mist sprays and cooling vests to keep cool. The brutal weather has also taken its toll on the public. 

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