“Its inevitable that climate change will impact athletes,” says President of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe

Sebastian Coe suggests that the date and time of the athletics events may defer due to climate change. Considering this issue, he says it is inevitable that it will impact the athletes.


The topic of Climate change is a major discussion since the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The conditions in Japan is becoming a major issue for the athletes as well as the organisers. There are hot and humid conditions in Japan, due to which the UK Parliament member and the President of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe and the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics may switch the dates of the athletics events.

It will not be possible for many athletes to play in such hot and humid conditions. So, this week, Tokyo Olympics organisers changed the schedule of the marathon and walk events to the northern city of Japan, Sapporo. The weather conditions of Sapporo is cooler than in other cities of Japan. So, to avoid the hot sun organisers took this decision.

While speaking at a media conference in Tokyo on Sunday, Sebastian Coe said, “They were difficult conditions and we could well be confronting the same temperatures in Paris in 2024. I’m no climatologist but the reality is that wherever we go the new norm will be dealing with really harsh climatic conditions.”

Coe also told that the organisers would not want to build the “field hospitals” for the welfare of the people.

Indians also faced a huge challenge while performing at their respective events. Not only they faced challenges due to COVID-19 guidelines but also the heat waves. India’s Olympic long jumper Murali Sreeshankar says that among all the factors that play for athletes, climate plays the important one. Weather plays a very crucial factor, for an athlete, no matter what he is doing regardless of the discipline he is participating in,” he told InsideSport.

However, more than jumpers and throwers, the runners are the ones who faced most of the problems due to climate change. Due to the hot and humid weather conditions in June and July, next year’s Football World Cup has been shifted and now will be held in November/December.