World Athletics president Lord Coe has said championships could be moved to protect athletes from extreme heat.
He voiced concerns over safety and warned he envisaged the governing body changing event locations as a result of global warming.
Temperatures hit 32 degrees at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon this week, and wildfires have struck Europe.
“I can see us being in a position where we start looking at some of our endurance events,” said Lord Coe.
“Maybe when we come to some of our road events, race walks and marathons we might need to look at how we separate them from championships and put them into a more benign environment.”
A heat dome – when the atmosphere traps heat over an area – caused dozens of deaths in Oregon and the part-suspension of the US Olympic trials last June as organisers moved to protect athletes and fans.
Conditions have been less extreme this year but athletes have still struggled in intense heat.
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