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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 have been made in July 2022, simply as temperature data have been damaged round a scorched UK.
Local weather change is right here. However additionally it is in all places else.
And among the nations competing in Birmingham have felt the results 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)
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 street 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 around the globe.
“The place I stay and practice, excessive within the Kenyan countryside, practically 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’s not potential 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 vitality 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 could be too scorching.
“If you wish to carry out, if you wish to really get pleasure from operating, you could have a clear setting with clear oxygen.
“So, it’s actually necessary for me to face up and discuss loud for the setting.
“Social media channels can present folks the results extra simply than earlier than. You possibly can inform a buddy to inform a buddy that that is our nation, our continent, our habitat, our house. We have now no different.”
Eroni Sau (Fiji, rugby sevens)
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 massive drawback, particularly the place I grew up on the islands. There particularly you’ll be able to see the modifications attributable to local weather change daily. It’s taking place proper earlier than our eyes.
“In my mom’s village, there was a constructing that was a kitchen and toilet block. After I was a child it was 10 metres away from the seashore. But it surely is not there any extra.
“All you’ll be able to see of it are the foundations underneath the ocean.
“I went again house lately after 4 years away. There’s a graveyard the place we buried our grandparents and ancestors, however now individuals are speaking about transferring the our bodies additional inland or close to the mountains due to the rising sea stage.
“It’s actually affecting our lives, even the game.
“As children we’d love taking part in rugby on the seashore. We might at all times play on a strip of sand on the high of the seashore, the ocean on one facet 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 is no such thing as a seashore, no place for us to play.
“It’s actually affecting the entire world although. In France, the place I’m taking part in 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)
Azzam was certainly one of Maldives’ flagbearers eventually 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 number 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’ve got synthetic seashores that the general public can use, however there was a really enormous change within the disposition of sands, with numerous erosion in a single space. The entire topography has actually modified.
“I see a rising environmental consciousness in sportspeople in our technology. We have now seen the impacts first hand.
“I used to coach within the ocean with my group and there have been numerous occasions 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 think about find out how to assist our nation and people turn out to be extra sustainable on the planet.
“I feel the sporting neighborhood can have numerous energy to alter views as a result of it brings folks collectively.
“I’ve met a number of people who find themselves like-minded. I really feel sport is impactful, it may be a giant affect on the planet.”