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Simone Biles is expected to perform on vault in the artistic gymnastics final on July 27.
Simone Biles is expected to perform on vault in the artistic gymnastics final on July 27. Gregory Bull / AP

The pressure of competing at the Olympics and the intense heat in Tokyo impacted the mental and physical health of athletes at the Summer Games, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was working on both fronts. .

The IOC said it offers a 24-hour hotline in 70 languages, a “protection officer” within the Tokyo Olympic Village and six free athletic counseling sessions.

“I think we can always, as individuals and as representatives, we can always do more, and that’s what the commission is working on. We have to constantly stay engaged with all of our athlete representatives,” said Kirsty, IOC Mental Health Support President. Coventry said at a daily Tokyo 2020 press briefing on Thursday.

It comes after American gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the all-around to focus on her mental health, highlighting the issue.

Tokyo heat: The committee is also working to prevent heat-related illnesses, especially heat stroke, during the Games, Tokyo 2020 medical and scientific director Richard Budgett said.

Budgett pointed to arrangements such as modified formats, allowing 10-minute recovery breaks and stopping the game when the temperature rises above 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit), saying the committee was “very well prepared” for the heat situation, especially for tennis events.

Additionally, the committee worked with local experts to prevent heatstroke as athletes push each other, he said.

It was so hot on the tennis courts in Tokyo on Wednesday that Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee asked what would happen if he died during the match. Meanwhile, Spain’s Paula Badosa was forced to withdraw from her quarter-final match due to heatstroke.

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