The organising committee of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest held an extraordinary press conference on Monday afternoon. Balázs Németh, CEO of the committee, said that extraordinary measures had been introduced due to the heat hitting the country right now.
Extraordinary measures introduced
At the press conference, Balázs Németh said that in view of the heat, the organisers of the World Athletics Championships will provide free water to visitors both inside and outside the stadium, Index reports. The CEO added that unlike other mass events, this time security will not confiscate water bottles and flasks, so you can take your drinks into the grandstands.
In addition to all this, the organisers will also be giving away fans. It is also important to note that on the days when there is a morning programme at the World Championships, those with a valid ticket for a sunny seat will be allowed to pass through to the shaded areas.
Balázs Németh also said that the races would not be affected by the heat. However, he added that two athletes had heatstroke on Sunday. Neither of them had to go to hospital after receiving the necessary treatment on the spot.
World Athletics Championships Budapest
The World Championship started last Saturday and runs until this Sunday. The prestigious sporting event, the biggest ever in Hungary, started with a huge storm, Index writes. The start of the first event, the men’s 20-kilometre walk, was delayed by two hours, while the morning programme at the main venue, the National Athletics Centre, started an hour later.
By the afternoon, however, the weather had improved. The clouds had cleared and the conditions were ideal for the athletes, although the humid air did cause some difficulties. On Sunday, the weather and temperatures were typical of the summer months for athletes and spectators alike.
On the second day of the World Championships, the 63-man Hungarian team won its first medal: Bence Halász finished third in the men’s hammer throw.
The medal ceremony will take place at 5:40 PM on Monday at the Medal Plaza in the park of the National Athletics Centre.
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