Extreme heat makes Summer Olympics almost 'impossible'

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The latest report by the non-profit organization "Climate Central" and 11 Olympians warns of the dangers of extreme high temperatures at this year's Olympic Games in Paris.

The report, titled "Rings of Fire," notes that conditions in Paris could be worse than the last Olympics in Tokyo in 2021. The intense heat at the Paris Olympics in July-August 2024 could lead to competitors collapsing and in the worst case to death.

The study points out that a large number of athletes also requested adjustments to the schedule and time of the competitions due to the physical effort of the competitors in high air temperatures caused by global warming.

"Rings of Fire" calls on the organizers of competitions, which are usually held in the summer, such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup - to rethink their schedules. The report also urged organizers to provide improved rehydration and cooling plans for athletes and fans to avoid the risk of heat stroke.

The Olympic Games in Paris will be held from July 26 to August 11, the hottest months in the French capital.

Last year, more than 5.000 people died in France due to high air temperatures, which rose above 40 degrees Celsius.

The non-profit organization "Climate Central" is composed of academics from the British University of Portsmouth.

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