Olympic smog is becoming a major headache for the Chinese as they prepare for the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. Athletes are reporting vision problems. Pollution around the Olympic stadium in Beijing is 5 times worse than levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. And Chinese officials admit they can no longer guarantee that the air quality will match international standards for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Smog Decreasing Vision Of Olympic Athletes
Visibility has been so bad in Beijing that Great Britain’s women’s hockey team is training with special red contact lenses. The performance-enhancing contact lenses assist with visibility in smog filled conditions. Several companies make these special red lenses, but Nike’s Maxsight is probably the most popular.
Attempts To Reduce Smog
The Chinese government is doing all they can to reduce smog before and during the Olympics. They plan to close factories, ban cars and seeding clouds to create rain. But all these efforts may not be enough. From what we hear, Beijing air quality is still the pits.