Olympics: Tokyo too hot for athletes? – News Review reviews

June 2, 2022

There is a new report about the effects of climate change on Olympic athletes. The report says that the temperatures in Tokyo are rising three times more quickly than in other places in the world.

This causes extreme heat, which the report says puts the health of athletes at risk.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:30​ – Story
1:40 – Text 1:The mean annual temperature in Tokyo, the capital city and host of the 2021 Olympics, has risen by 2.86°C since 1900.
5:10 – Headline 2: REVEALED: Team GB’s secret computerised pill to help tame the stifling heat and humidity at the Tokyo Olympics
8:18 – Text 3: The study details how events such as the triathlon, the marathon, tennis and rowing could be adversely impacted by hot conditions.
10:35​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Language summary

The story
A new report suggests that climate change could put the health of Olympic athletes at risk during the forthcoming Tokyo games. The British Association For Sustainable Sport says mean temperatures in the Japanese capital have risen three times faster than global averages over the last century.

The city frequently hits thirty-five degrees Celsius with humidity levels above seventy percent. The group says that such conditions pose a risk to athletes.

Key words and phrases


* Mean annual salaries have dropped in the city. Workers now earn less than they did last year.
* When calculating the mean value, remember that it is often not a whole number.

control something which was once wild

* Animal rights campaigners object to the taming of wild animals.
* There is a tame fox that lives in our garden!


* Climate change has adversely affected wildlife in the area.
* You may experience adverse effects if you suddenly stop taking your medication.

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  1. Thank you so much!

  2. Thanks for touching updated topics such as olympic games to read and analysing vocab. Congrats julio teacher

  3. well, I love your news series and your pronunciation especially Catherine.

  4. It's a good show ! I learn and enjoy a lot . It will be better if more updates.

  5. As a Japanese citizen, I agree with the wonderfully ironic content❣️

  6. BBC really helps my English improve. Thank you

  7. It's already getting humid and hot here in Japan. Athletes will find hardness while running. Stay hydrated everyone!

  8. Improve ur self

  9. Tokyo is the Japan’s capital, isn’t it

  10. TBH Even though living in Japan in my whole life, I can't stand the climate year by year at all… so humid and hot

  11. Maximum temprature has already gone over 31℃/88F in Tokyo. It is insane to play some sports outside in summer…

  12. I'm enjoying your show.

  13. The roasted peripheral dewailly charge because fired endosonographically shrug into a productive antarctica. far, short toothbrush

  14. the total number of the word 'mean' they used in this lesson is

  15. thank you thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  16. Catherine, you are getting prettier day by day

  17. mean quite tricky, first i thought it's unpleasant

  18. You are great. Thank you!

  19. BBC is trash

  20. I'M SO GRATEFUL TO BBC every time I grasp something useful and it helps me to improve my English

  21. Reply
    Violetta Chernishova June 2, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Thank you for your quiz!❤ Good luck!🌹🌐🎑

  22. Summer of Japan is not good for sports. Too hot and very humid.

  23. Catherine, you have a nice sense of humour.

  24. Please people of the world.
    Boycott Tokyo Olympic for Japanese people.
    Help us.
    IOC and our government won’t stop.
    People are dying here not only because of the COVID-19 but also lack of and slow support from our government.
    Our vaccine coverage is only 5%.
    Several coronavirus variants have been discovered here. New variant has just found in Vietnam couple of days ago.

    Please help us. Boycott Tokyo Olympic.

  25. Reply
    Đức Nguyễn Hà June 2, 2022 at 3:47 am

    thanks, you help me to practise english well

  26. nice hair Tom 🙂

  27. We only live once. If you like biscuits, just enjoy them! I live them too! But do some exercise too.

  28. Covid 19 is the problem. Why Oly oucs isn't cancelled though we are in pandemic?

  29. I learn a lot of new words and I appreciate it very much

  30. I look forward to watching new videos.

  31. The covid vaccine has adverse -effects. Tame? But William Shakespeare wrote The tame of the shrew, which means I thank you.

  32. Reply
    ENGLISH WITH GHAZALA June 2, 2022 at 3:47 am

    I am from pakistan my English is improvingday by day due to bbc learning thnx alot Catherine and other staff members

  33. Both the teachers have been cool while teaching about the rising temperatures in Tokyo. Their style of teaching has really tamed my wildly -wandering mind. So, my day has not been met with adversity. Wow !

  34. Risk of Climate Change
    Risk of COVID-19
    Risk of hyperthermia of Athletes

  35. Thanks you Teacher Rob and Catherine for new vocabulary and phrases.

  36. Global warming must be considerd by all of us. The nature is destroying and we are the only responsible for it.

  37. Thanks, BBC Learning English.

  38. If you visit Tokyo, you should prepare some cooling items. I usually use an Uchiwa"うちわ" or "せんす" every summer👍

  39. Japanese people are tamed by Japanese government.

  40. Reply
    6 PHÚT THỦ CÔNG June 2, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Thank you for share!

  41. The mean of amimal can be tamed, just my dog when ate candies was adversely affected, on fact it becomes a wild dog.

  42. Thanks BBC Learning English! Your videos are so helpful to raise my lexical source as well as my listening skill.

  43. Thank you !for this explanation

  44. I always enjoy News Review. Thanks a lot Catherine and Tom.

  45. Reply
    Jayakumar James Josephy June 2, 2022 at 3:47 am

    In my mother tongue the word 'mean' means Fish.

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