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article imageAir-Pollution Masks Could Be Part Of The British Team Uniform In Beijing

By KJ Mullins     Jul 27, 2008 in Sports
The pollution in Beijing could see athletes wearing anti-pollution masks during the Olympic Games. The British Olympic Association has given their athletes that option.
Athletes from the United States, Australia and Canada will not be donning masks to help protect themselves this August.
The BOA chief executive Simon Clegg though wants his team to have the best chance to win regardless if it may embarrass the host country.
"This is a competitive issue," Clegg told The Times newspaper. "We are in the business of trying to win medals here and beat our competitors.
"We are all hopeful that the Chinese authorities will have addressed this issue by August so the athletes are not put in a position where the measures we have put in place have to be deployed.
"But we are in the business of providing our athletes with competitive advantage. We need to put in place whatever strategies are appropriate to ensure that we give our athletes the best chance of delivering."
If air pollution is not within air-quality standards endurance events could be postponed or cancelled warns the International Olympic Committee.
Beijing's mayor, Guo Jinlong, has been trying to bring pollution levels down but admits that the task is massive in the crowded city.
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