Players suffered sweltering heat on the women’s Olympic golf course as American Lexi Thompson’s cart pulled out after suffering heat stroke on Wednesday.
The afternoon heat index was 41 degrees Celsius at Kasumigaseki Country Club, where players used umbrellas and carried snow on their heads to cool off.
Friday’s forecast led to Canada and Sweden calling for the women’s soccer final to be postponed from 11 a.m. local time.
There were concerns about the player’s welfare at the time of kick-off.
“Temperatures are set to rise in Tokyo over the next couple of days with daytime highs of 34 or possibly 35°C in the capital on Thursday and a cooler of only a degree or so on Friday, while higher humidity is also expected,” Berry said.
Perry added that the current temperature is above the August average of 31 degrees Celsius and the heat could affect marathon events and race walks this weekend.
I felt dizzy
On Tuesday, US Open Women’s Champion Yuka Sasso had to replace the case due to the heat, then Thompson lost the case, Jack Fogum, at the back of the ninth round on Wednesday.
Fulghum needed medical attention on the 15th hole, which meant that US golf coach Donna Wilkins stepped in to carry Thompson’s bag for the rest of the round.
“I was really worried about him, it’s so hot out there,” said Thompson, who has 72 cards out of 72.
“I’m from Florida and I’m still not used to bad heat.
“I just hope he’s okay and getting the hydration he needs, and nutrients tonight to go on for the next few days. If not, I’ll find something else. I just want him to be healthy.”
NBA champion Korda agreed that the sweltering heat was difficult to handle.
“I think the mental side of it is probably the hardest, just because you have to stay hydrated and lose it a little bit in there,” she said.
“When I was playing some balls, I definitely felt a little dizzy.”
Organizers released a statement saying players were advised not to play more than 18 holes per day, while heat mitigation measures will be implemented for Round Two on Thursday including “ umbrellas available at the first tee for all players/caddies, and go-karts with snow and cooling . Towels and volunteers with umbrellas on each tee.
Reports of an approaching storm have forced officials to consider finishing the women’s 54-hole tournament.
Thunderstorms are expected on Friday, while severe weather is possible this weekend.
“There is a huge difference in playing in the afternoon or evening.”
Canada and Sweden are set to meet in the gold-medal match during the hottest part of the day.
FIFA and the International Olympic Committee have been contacted to see if the game can be moved.
He said, “Basically, we think about the health of the players and try to change the time of the match. There is a very big difference between playing in the afternoon or in the evening, and we are exposed to a lot of warmth and heat.” Marika Domansky-Lifors, head of the women’s team in Sweden.
“If we have to play at 11am we are ready, but obviously it would be better for the performance and for the match to play later.
“Canada has exactly the same opinion,” she added.