Sweltering heat affects Olympic golf


Thompson and caddie Olympics
Crew USA’s Lexi Thompson and her caddie Jack Fulghum

Gamers struggled with sweltering warmth on the ladies’s Olympic golf with American Lexi Thompson’s caddie pulling out with heatstroke on Wednesday.

The afternoon warmth index was 41C on the Kasumigaseki Nation Membership, with gamers utilizing umbrellas and holding ice towards their heads to chill down.

Friday’s forecast has led to Canada and Sweden requesting the ladies’s soccer last be delayed from 11am native time.

There have been issues over participant welfare with the present kick-off time.

“Temperatures in Tokyo are set to rise over the subsequent couple of days with daytime highs of 34 or probably 35C within the capital on Thursday and solely a level or so cooler on Friday, whereas excessive humidity is anticipated too,” says BBC Climate forecaster Nikki Berry.

Berry added that the present temperature was larger than the August common of 31C and the warmth may have an effect on the weekend’s marathon and race stroll occasions.

‘I felt light-headed’

On Tuesday, US Girls’s Open champion Yuka Saso needed to substitute her caddie due to the warmth, then Thompson misplaced her caddie, Jack Fughum, on the again 9 of Wednesday’s first spherical.

Fulghum wanted medical consideration on the 15th gap, which means US golf group coach Donna Wilkins stepped in to hold Thompson’s bag for the rest of the spherical.

“I used to be so apprehensive about him, it is so scorching on the market,” mentioned Thompson, who carded a one-over-par 72.

“I am from Florida and I am nonetheless not used to that unhealthy of warmth.

“I simply hope that he is OK and he will get the hydration he wants, the vitamins tonight to enter the subsequent few days. If not, I will determine one thing else out. I simply need him to be wholesome.”

US Girls’s PGA champion Korda agreed it was tough to handle the extreme warmth.

“I feel the psychological side of it’s most likely the toughest, simply because it’s important to hold your self hydrated and also you sort of lose it slightly on the market,” she mentioned.

“After I was teeing up some balls, I positively felt slightly light-headed.”

Organisers launched an announcement saying gamers had been suggested to not play greater than 18 holes in a day, whereas warmth mitigation measures will probably be applied for Thursday’s second spherical together with ‘umbrellas accessible on the primary tee to all gamers/caddies, roving carts with ice and cooling towels and volunteers with umbrellas on every tee’.

Experiences of an approaching storm has compelled officers to contemplate a 54-hole end to the ladies’s competitors.

Thunderstorms are forecast on Friday, whereas extreme climate is feasible for the weekend.

‘There’s a massive distinction enjoying within the afternoon or night’

Canada and Sweden are because of meet within the gold medal match in the course of the hottest a part of the day.

Soccer’s world governing physique Fifa and the Worldwide Olympic Committee have been contacted to see if the sport could be moved.

“It’s primarily the gamers’ well being we’re fascinated with and attempting to alter the time of the sport. There’s a fairly large distinction between enjoying within the afternoon or night, and we’re very a lot uncovered to the heat and warmth,” mentioned Marika Domanski Lyfors, head of Sweden’s ladies’s group.

“If now we have to play at 11 o’clock within the morning then we’re ready, however it might clearly be a lot better to for the efficiency and the sport to have the chance to play it later.

“Canada have precisely the identical opinion,” she added.

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