Former IOC VP Urging Organization To Adopt Extreme Heat Policy
Former IOC VP Kevan Gosper will "urge the IOC to adopt an extreme heat policy to serve as the global standard for sport," after witnessing the fourth day of the Ashes Test in Sydney this week, where temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), according to Nicole Jeffery of THE AUSTRALIAN. Gosper said that he was "disturbed" by what he saw at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. He said, "We can't put athletes at risk. ... From a governance point of view, all sport has to be mindful and attentive to conditions that can put athletes' health at risk." At the same time that the Australian and English cricketers were "sweltering" at the SCG, players were enduring temperatures of up to 44.5 degrees Celsius (111.2 degrees Fahrenheit) at Sydney Olympic Park as they played the first round of the Sydney Int'l. The WTA invoked its heat policy at 10:30am, "which gives players an optional 15-minute break after 15 minutes," but the ATP "does not have a heat policy, so the men continued as usual" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 1/12).