Вздохните с облегчением по поводу Пекина

Изображение Пекинского горизонта, будто купающегося в дымке смога и тумана, в последнее время то и дело появлялось на экранах телевизоров всего мира. Иностранные журналисты с ручными детекторами уровня загрязнения воздуха заполонили Пекинские закоулки, проверяя уровень копоти и пыли. Казалось, все очень хотели показать, что городской воздух будет последним негативным фактором для одного из величайших мировых спортивных событий.

Без сомнения, Пекин столкнулся с огромной проблемой. Действительно, существует вполне обоснованное беспокойство за здоровье участников игр, особенно за тех, от которых требуется выносливость и преодоление длинных дистанций, например, велосипедистов и марафонцев.

Но это яростное внимание пронизано полной утратой памяти. В конце концов, загрязнение воздуха было основной проблемой в Лос-Анджелесе 24 года назад, хотя и немногие теперь вспомнят драматическую сцену женского марафона, когда шведская участница, приближаясь к финишу, пошатывалась и спотыкалась от выбросов, жары и, пожалуй, от последствий загрязнения воздуха. И качество воздуха также было темой для обсуждения на последующих Олимпийских играх в Барселоне, Атланте, Сеуле и Афинах.

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