Pollution levels in Beijing worry Mexican Olympic Delegation
August 1, 2008
Our High Jump athlete Gerardo Martinez Dibene is not in Beijing yet! He is having some kind of performance test and interviews with the Olympic Committee.
Mexico city is known to have high pollution levels, but athletes from Mexico and all over the world are concerned about the pollution levels at the capital of China.
The Mexican delegation has also expressed their satisfaction concerning their accommodations and food.
We have athletes from La Paz Baja California Sur there like Carmen de la Fuente who lives and trains in this beautiful smog free atmosphere.
The Mexican Delegation that will compete at the Beijing Olimpic games, manifested their concern about the levels of contamination in the capital of China , which could affect the aztec representatives in march and marathon.
La delegación mexicana que competirá en los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing, algunos de cuyos atletas han empezado a entrenarse hoy, manifestó su preocupación por los niveles de contaminación de la capital china, que podrían afectar especialmente a los representantes aztecas de marcha y maratón.
Athletes from around the world -- representing the pinnacle of physical skill and conditioning -- will be converging in Beijing next month for the 2008 Olympic Games -- pushing the limits of their bodies and striving for international greatness.
The air they'll be breathing, though, isn't in the same league. Athletes may be competing in thick soot and smog, dangerous ozone levels, and air quality ranked among the world's worst.
These environmental conditions are alarming athletes, doctors, and other health advocates, who are questioning how Beijing's air quality will affect the Olympic athletes' performance -- along with the short-term health of competitors, who have been training years for this event.
"It's like living in the middle of a construction zone," says Bob Lanier, MD, a Fort Worth-based allergy and asthma specialist who visits Beijing several times a year. "It's like any big city. I think that when athletes get off the plane they're going to be really paranoid, because it has been really bad."
One nation has already taken a stand against the smog.
A replica of the Angel of Independence, one of the symbols of Mexico City, will take off for Beijing on Thursday, carrying the best wishes of the Mexican government and people for the 2008 Olympic Games.