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Article citation: Walter Leal Filho, (2014) "Climate change and sports: an overview of the influences of climate conditions on the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 6 Iss: 2, pp. -
Welcome to another issue of IJCCSM. Readers will find in this issue a further set of international papers which explore the links between climate change and society, with a particular emphasis to mitigation and adaptation strategies. In this editorial, I would like to describe an important issue, related to one of the major sports event in 2014.
Climate change is a process known to have an impact on a wide range of activities, from agriculture to tourism. It has also many social implications, varying from employment to the displacement of communities. Its many impacts have drawn much attention over the past years. One area which has comparatively been less investigated, and where a perceived need for research exists, is in the field of climate change and sports. In particular, the forthcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil in June 2014, offers a good example of the connections between climate conditions and sport activities, which this Editorial now describes.
To be held from 12 June to 13 July 2014, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is a major highlight of the sports calendar of this year. The 64 matches of the tournament, which involves teams from 31 countries, will be held across 12 cities spread all over Brazil, and are expected to draw much attention and a comprehensive media coverage. The host cities for the matches are:
These cities are sometimes close to one another (e.g. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo) but are often separated by distances varying from a few hundred to several thousand kilometers, and will therefore require significant long-distance travel for the national teams.
One element which has largely been overlooked in the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is the connection between climate change, variable climate conditions and their impacts on the performance of players.
As many developing countries, Brazil is vulnerable to climate change in the sense that this global phenomena has been having an impact on crop production and hydrogeological cycles in the country, as well as in other areas. Added to this, is the fact that Brazil does not have the resources or infra-structure needed to properly cope with changing climate conditions. There are a number of climate factors, which are expected to play a role in the performance of the players during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Some of them are:
But even though one has to be aware of the links between climate conditions and sports, it is unlikely rainfall, temperature or humidity will take away all the fun and the joy an event of this nature brings about. By all measures, the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the first one to be held in the country after the 1950 games, is expected to be a great success. Football players, national delegations and visitors alike will certainly be warmly welcome in Brazil, which is among the friendliest and hospitable nations in the world.
Enjoy your reading!
Walter Leal Filho
Leal Filho, W. (2014), “Climate change and sports: an overview of the influences of climate conditions on the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil”, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 6 No. 2