FIFA have accepted Cesare Prandelli’s proposal to introduce ‘water breaks’ in exceptionally hot weather at the World Cup.
The Italy Coach had pushed for this safeguard to be put in place, particularly when playing in the Amazonian areas of the country in the afternoon.
“With respect to the high temperatures in some parts of Brazil during the competition, all the decisions we make are based on scientific data,” announced FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof Jiri Dvorak at a Press conference in Sao Paulo.
“We performed a study this summer in Turkey, when we measured the temperature of players during a game, and published the results in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.
“We don’t think the conditions in Brazil will be as difficult as people are saying. We can introduce extra water breaks and provide players with cold towels where necessary, but that’s a medical decision that will be judged on a case by case basis, before each game, by our team of health professionals.
“We’re very well prepared and will do everything we can to preserve players’ health.”
It is believed these breaks will be for three or four minutes every half-hour of football.
There will also be a standardised medical kit in every stadium, including an automated external defibrillator.