How bad will the pollution in Beijing affect athletes?
I was out this morning doing my morning run when a big truck overtook me, the truck moved slowly and at the back the exhaust pipe released a dark smoke. The dirty smoke filled the air and breathing became difficult. The little dirty air that got inside my system made me feel like vomiting!
From my Beijing like moment my answer to the pollution question is “unbelievably bad!”
The worst gas pollutant in Beijing will be Carbon monoxide, which has been filled in the air by the over 3 million cars in Beijing city. Carbon monoxide (car exhaust) attaches to hemoglobin far better than oxygen and so it reduces hemoglobin which reduces oxygen transport. The slower oxygen transportation the slower the athlete. Beijing is dealing with the Carbon monoxide pollution by banning some cars to the capital.
According to a post I read on Coach dean blog, The US olympic team is being prepared for Beijing Summer Olympics by going to a training center set up in Korea. It will have low pollution.
ESPN “outside the line” have a video documentary of how the pollution in Beijing will affect athletes performance. Click to Watch the Video