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The climate crisis ‘poses an existential threat to the future of sport’ | Katherine Times



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At the end of a sweltering November in 2019, the Katherine women’s football team was bracing for a brutal test of physical and mental strength as they headed onto a field already burning beneath the morning sun. Temperatures were predicted to soar to 43 degrees and a swathe of measures were put in place to ensure players didn’t overheat. The quarters ran for 16 minutes flat with no time on for the Women’s Premier League. Playing quarters were reduced to 15 minutes for the Under 18 boys and girls game, breaks were extended and the teams were allowed to leave the field to seek out shade and use the coolrooms. The relentless heatwave that year was one which broke…

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