Cricket and golf join snow sports threatened by climate change •


The future of snow sports is under threat, according to a report on the impact of climate change on grassroots sport and elite sport.

Although athletes have prepared for the Winter Olympics in South Korea this week, winter temperatures in the Alps, where many British competitors are training, could rise by 4 ° C by 2100. At the time, only six out of 19 Olympic winter venues could be cold enough to serve as host cities.

The Met Office has warned that the ski industry in Scotland could collapse within the next 50 years, with winters becoming too lenient for regular snowfalls.

Team GB snowboarder Aimee Fuller, whose annual training venue in Switzerland has changed dramatically over the last decade, said: "Snowboarding is really sensitive to the impact of climate change and we can see the daily impact of our base mountain sport. "

In the United Kingdom, the governing bodies of cricket and golf are increasingly concerned about the effects of extreme weather events related to climate change. According to the Cricket Committee of England and Wales, 27% of international international home games in England have been played with a reduced number of passes since 2000 because of the rain. At least 175 days of play, or about 16,000 more, have been lost in the last five years in the county championship.

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Some of the country's most famous golf courses, including St Andrews, are threatened by climate-related coastal erosion, according to the report of the Climate Coalition, which also notes that extreme weather conditions weigh heavily on junior football.

The future of county cricket is compromised, according to Dan Cherry, chief operating officer at Glamorgan, where the number of matches affected by the rain has more than doubled since 2011.

According to the ECB, 27% of England's international games have been played with smaller withdrawals since 2000.

According to the ECB, 27% of international internationals have been played with a reduction in outs since 2000. Photo: Andrew Boyers / Action Images via Swing Update.

"Our experience is becoming the norm for almost every club and it's hard, even for first-rate counties, to be commercially viable with such an impact," Cherry said. "It's worse in recent years. In the 2017 season, five of our seven Blast T20 Blast games were badly hit by the rain, three were totally abandoned. T20 Blast is a great way to get new people through the doors, but they will not come back if it continues and if the club has been damaged by £ 1 million. If we do not take it seriously, climate change will fundamentally change the game. "

Sea level rise is the most serious threat to golf in the UK, including St Andrews, known as the home of golf. Some believe that a 20% drop in the number of golf club members since 2005 can be partially blamed on the degradation of weather patterns.

Steve Isaac, director of sustainable development at R & A, said: "Climate change has more impact on golf than most other sports. We are witnessing different types and at different times of outbreaks of diseases, pests and weeds. "