Citing the alarmingly high levels of air pollution, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Friday called for the cancellation of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to be held on Sunday. The IMA said it will write to the Chief Minister, the High Court Chief Justice and the NGT Chairperson, requesting them to cancel the event.
“While deciding the dates, the organisers should take into consideration the air quality at the time of the marathon so that no runner suffers any adverse effects on account of exposure to hazardous levels of air pollution. There have been instances from around the world — from USA, Malaysia, Singapore — when marathons and other sports events have been cancelled due to poor air quality. If the AQI is above 100, it is prudent for race administrators to warn participants and volunteers, particularly those with lung conditions, about the potential risk,” Dr K K Aggarwal, national president, IMA said.
Over the last few days, Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) hovered between ‘very unhealthy’ and ‘severe’ levels — with the AQI crossing the 300 “danger” mark in many areas in the capital.