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Can the Tokyo heat kill an Olympian? | Digital Trends Spanish

Extreme heat has been another element that has characterized the Tokyo Olympics. In fact, the heat wave has already affected the performance of athletes, who have been concerned about this situation.

In his match played at the Ariake Tennis Park, Russian Daniil Medvedev even thought that he could die from the high temperatures.

“I am a fighter, I will finish the match, but I can die,” he told the referee during his match. “If I die, will the International Tennis Federation take responsibility?”

On the court it was 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit), but the wind chill was reaching 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit).

These harsh conditions can become dangerous for the practice of highly competitive sports activity.

Daniil Medvedev. Getty Images.

In the wake of Medvedev’s claim, the International Tennis Federation announced that tennis matches will start later, at 3 p.m. instead of 11 a.m. to avoid hotter and more humid weather.

In a statement, those in charge of the agency stated that they made this decision in the “interest of the health and well-being of the players and after extensive consultation.”

Another similar case was that of the Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa, who left the court in a wheelchair, suffering from heat stroke.

Can the extreme heat of Tokyo kill an Olympian?
Daniil Medvedev. Getty Images.

Novak Djokovic, number one in the ATP rankings, also complained about the high temperatures, stating that the heat was “brutal”.

This situation affected other disciplines. In fact, several competitors passed out on the track during the men’s triathlon.

It should be remembered that, before the competition began, the organizers had indicated that these Games were going to be particularly hot.

Now, there is concern among athletes about how high temperatures could affect their health.

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