Hyderabad: The weathermen have forecast severe heat conditions in the city for the next three days and may perhaps come down by one degree on Sunday. But it will hover around 41 to 42 degrees. The State Government was forced to announce early summer holidays for schools. But for the 500-odd athletes, who will take part in the 14th National Youth Athletic championship from Friday to Sunday at GMC Balayogi Stadium in Gachibowli, it will be a different test as they have to fight the searing heat conditions also.
There is also a medical advisory saying people should avoid venturing out between 1 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. when the dry heat is at its peak.
The Telangana Athletics Association secretary M Ranga Rao said they were helpless. “Since it is a trial selection for the Indian athletes for the Asian meet, we had to organise this meet during this part of the year. We are aware of the heat conditions as it will be too hot and not good for athletes. But we are helpless. In fact, some of the athletes are busy with examinations,’’ he said, adding: “Since it is selection trials for the upcoming Asian Youth championship, it is mandatory for the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to conduct the meet.”
However, Rao said they are scheduling the event in the morning and evening to avoid the hot sun. “The morning events will start around 6 am and end by 9.30 while the evening competition will begin from 5.30 pm under floodlights. We will also keep the medical team at the stadium. It is a big challenge for us.’’
Meanwhile, Dronacharya awardee N Ramesh has advised the athletes to practise in the shade. “They should take plenty of fluids, particularly water, wear cotton clothes and caps,’’ he said.