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Olympics in Tokyo: Golf caddy suffers heat stroke in the scorching heat

Lexi Thompson from Team USA and her caddy Jack Fulghum

Women players struggled with sweltering heat in women’s Olympic golf when American Lexi Thompson’s caddy moved out Wednesday with heat stroke.

The afternoon heat index at Kasumigaseki Country Club was 41 ° C, with players using umbrellas and holding ice against their heads to cool off.

Friday’s forecast led Canada and Sweden to request that the women’s soccer final be postponed to 11 a.m. local time.

There have been concerns about the well-being of the players with the current kick-off time.

“Temperatures in Tokyo will rise in the next few days with daily highs of 34 or possibly 35 ° C in the capital on Thursday and only about one degree cooler on Friday, while high humidity is also expected,” says BBC weather forecasters Nikki. Berry.

Berry added that the current temperature is higher than the August average of 31 ° C and the heat could affect the weekend’s marathon and racewalk events.

“I felt dizzy”

On Tuesday, US Women’s Open winner Yuka Saso had to replace her caddy because of the heat, then Thompson lost her caddy, Jack Fughum, on the second nine of the first round on Wednesday.

Fulghum needed medical attention on the 15th hole, which meant US golf team coach Donna Wilkins stepped in to carry Thompson’s bag for the remainder of the round.

“I was so worried about him, it’s so hot out there,” said Thompson, who carded one over par 72.

“I’m from Florida and I’m still not used to the bad heat.

“I just hope he’s fine and getting the fluids he needs, the nutrients tonight for the next few days. If not, I’ll find out something else. I just want him to be healthy. “

U.S. Women’s PGA Champion Korda agreed that it was difficult to handle the intense heat.

“I think the mental aspect is probably the hardest part just because you have to keep yourself hydrated and you lose a little out there,” she said.

“When I knocked off a few balls, I was definitely a little dizzy.”

The organizers released a statement stating that players were advised not to play more than 18 holes in a day while heat protection measures would be put in place for the second round on Thursday, including “Umbrellas on the first tee for all players / caddies , roving carts with ice and cooling ”. Towels and volunteers with umbrellas at each tee.

Reports of an approaching storm have forced officials to consider a 54-hole finish for the women’s competition.

Thunderstorms are predicted on Friday, storms are possible on weekends.

“There is a big difference between playing in the afternoon and in the evening”

In the hottest part of the day, Canada and Sweden meet in the game for the gold medal.

The world football association Fifa and the International Olympic Committee have been contacted to see if the game can be postponed.

“We think first and foremost about the health of the players and we try to change the playing time. There is quite a big difference between playing in the afternoon or in the evening and we are very exposed to the warmth and heat,” said Marika Domanski Lyfors, Head of the Swedish women’s team.

“If we have to play at 11 o’clock in the morning we are prepared, but it would be clearly better for the performance and the game to have the opportunity to play it later.

“Canada shares exactly the same opinion,” she added.

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