The Summer and Winter Olympics, the high-level football championships, tennis, athletics, golf and cricket are all already affected by the change in weather patterns, but the worst is yet to come, the Rapid Transition Alliance report States.
Warns that within the next three decades, a quarter of the English league’s football fields will be at risk of flooding every season, one in three British Open golf courses will be damaged by rising sea levels and half of previous Olympic winter host cities unreliable winter sports.
He stressed that several high profile sporting events have already been stopped due to climate change.
The unprecedented Pacific typhoons led to the cancellation of some matches during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan; New York triathlon, as well as multiple horse races, were canceled in 2019 due to a heat wave in the northern hemisphere.
During the Australian Tennis Open 2014 – when four days in temperatures above 41 ° C were recorded – more than 1,000 fans were treated for heat exhaustion, the plastic bottle of Caroline Wozniacki melted as well as the shoes by Wilfred Tsonga.
Earlier this year, the tournament was stopped by smoke blowing in devastating forest fires.
The US Open 2018 saw five players withdraw due to heat-related reasons. The temperatures on the field have reached 49 ° C leading to the first use of the tournament’s extreme heat policy which provides longer breaks during the games.
In the meantime, the organizers of Vancourter Winter 2010 commented that “the warmest weather ever recorded … has tested our ability to prepare playgrounds for athletes in the Cypress Mountains”, while competitors from Sochi, in 2014, they complained about the lack of snow.
As for the Summer Games, Tokyo 2020 organizers have been forced to move long distance running events nearly 1,000 kilometers north of the capital due to the city’s sultry summer weather.
“Sport is not only a victim of change, it is also an important contribution,” writes the report.
“The IOC [International Olympic Committee] has a carbon footprint close to that of Barbados, global football is even bigger. Sporting events are responsible for massive levels of aviation, construction of high-carbon stadiums and mountains of non-recycled garbage, contributing significantly to the catastrophe that is now engulfing us, “he adds.
Andrew Simms, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, stressed that “sport provides some of the company’s most influential role models.”
“If sport can change the way it works at the speed and scale necessary to stop the climate emergency, others will follow. If its players also talk and say they believe that clean air is a stable climate issue, others millions will see the possibilities for change, “He added.
For the organization, a first step would be to end sponsorship of fossil fuel companies. He therefore urges all global sports federations, sports championships and professional tours to sign the United Nations framework for action on sport and climate and calls for the framework to be harder.
He suggested that by 2030, all sporting events or global tours that are not carbon neutral will be canceled or postponed until they are and that sport federations that are not carbon neutral are excluded from the Olympics.
Even fewer tournaments and competitions may be part of the solution, he added.