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Commonwealth Video games: How local weather change is altering life world wide


The Alexander Stadium will host the opening and shutting ceremonies for the 72 groups which have gathered from world wide for Birmingham 2022
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Work began on Alexander Stadium’s redevelopment in February 2020 – the UK’s wettest February on file.

The ending touches to the Commonwealth Video games’ centrepiece had been made in July 2022, simply as temperature information had been damaged round a scorched UK.

Local weather change is right here. However it is usually in all places else.

And among the nations competing in Birmingham have felt the consequences most keenly.

Three Commonwealth athletes inform BBC Sport their fears and hopes for the way forward for sport, humanity and the planet.

Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya, athletics)

Eliud Kipchoge

Kipchoge famously turned the primary man to finish the marathon distance in lower than two hours at a high-tech occasion in Vienna in 2019. He solely switched to the highway after a profitable monitor profession that included 5,000m silver at Delhi 2010. He launched the Eliud Kipchoge Basis, which focuses on setting and schooling to enhance lives world wide.

“The place I reside and practice, excessive within the Kenyan countryside, almost 80% of the inhabitants are farmers.

“Individuals know that the rains are not the identical as 5 years in the past and that local weather change is actual

“It has an impact on athletes too. Local weather change is pushing arduous in some nations and it isn’t doable to run for 2, three hours.

“It’s actually unhappy as a marathon runner.

“Working in hotter environments is so arduous. It’s scary how, on the finish of a session or race, you’re feeling all of your power has gone.

“We noticed how the marathon on the World Championships in Doha in 2019 needed to begin at midnight as a result of in any other case it will be too sizzling.

“If you wish to carry out, if you wish to really get pleasure from operating, you have to have a clear setting with clear oxygen.

“So, it’s actually vital for me to face up and discuss loud for the setting.

“Social media channels can present individuals the consequences extra simply than earlier than. You may inform a pal to inform a pal that that is our nation, our continent, our habitat, our house. We’ve no different.”

Eroni Sau (Fiji, rugby sevens)

Eroni Sau

Sau was a part of the Fiji rugby sevens group that received silver at Gold Coast 2018. He additionally performed two seasons with Edinburgh earlier than switching to present membership Provence within the south of France.

“There’s a large drawback, particularly the place I grew up on the islands. There particularly you possibly can see the adjustments brought on by local weather change on daily basis. It’s taking place proper earlier than our eyes.

“In my mom’s village, there was a constructing that was a kitchen and loo block. After I was a child it was 10 metres away from the seashore. But it surely is not there any extra.

“All you possibly can see of it are the foundations underneath the ocean.

“I went again house not too long ago after 4 years away. There’s a graveyard the place we buried our grandparents and ancestors, however now persons are speaking about transferring the our bodies additional inland or close to the mountains due to the rising sea degree.

“It’s actually affecting our lives, even the game.

“As children we might love enjoying rugby on the seashore. We’d at all times play on a strip of sand on the prime of the seashore, the ocean on one aspect and the coconut bushes on the opposite.

“Now although that strip of sand would not exist at excessive tide, the water comes up previous the coconut bushes. There isn’t any seashore, no place for us to play.

“It’s actually affecting the entire world although. In France, the place I’m enjoying rugby now, it feels hotter than house. I received off the airplane in Marseille and I felt dizzy as a result of it felt a lot hotter. I actually discover it arduous within the south of France in the summertime.”

Mubal Azzam (Maldives, swimmer)

Mubal Azzam

Azzam was one in every of Maldives’ flagbearers finally summer season’s Olympics in Tokyo. The 21-year-old competed in three particular person occasions and two relays for his nation at Birmingham 2022.

“On a lot of islands within the Maldives, homes have been flooded and there are points with erosion.

“Within the capital Male, the place I’ve lived for many of my life, we now have synthetic seashores that the general public can use, however there was a really big change within the disposition of sands, with loads of erosion in a single space. The entire topography has actually modified.

“I see a rising environmental consciousness in sportspeople in our technology. We’ve seen the impacts first hand.

“I used to coach within the ocean with my group and there have been loads of instances the place it was arduous to take action as a result of the water was so polluted.

“We knew we needed to get used to it as a result of we could not change it on the time. But it surely made me take into account tips on how to assist our nation and people turn into extra sustainable on the planet.

“I believe the sporting neighborhood can have loads of energy to alter views as a result of it brings individuals collectively.

“I’ve met a lot of people who find themselves like-minded. I really feel sport is impactful, it may be a giant affect on the earth.”

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