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Why the Olympics and sport will never be the same

by Asher Isbrucker and Martha Holeyman

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been called the hottest ever, with athletes withdrawing from competition, fainting from the intense heat and describing the conditions as "brutal". Experts are saying that this is climate change in action, it goes beyond the heat, and it will get worse.

The playability of most sports is closely tied to weather and the climate, and disruptions to competition due to heat, storms, drought, flooding and wildfires are becoming more common.

So, what does Tokyo 2020 tell us about the future of global sport in the face of climate change? And, what role can sports play in the solution?