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Tuesday, 8 July 2008

The Final Month

With just one month to go before the opening of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the final touches for the games are being put into place.

Venues and transport facilities are, on the face of it, ready; something that was not a certainty in Athens four years ago. However, there is still much concern about the air quality in Beijing.

The past few weeks has seen Beijing enveloped in smog.

Beijing has budgeted $12BN to clean up the environment before the games, part of that has been allocated to improving air quality.

The IOC maintains that most athletes will be unaffected by pollution. However, those taking part in endurance events lasting more than one hour could be at risk and events may have to be rescheduled.

Given the extensive preparations for the 2008 games, it will be a major disappointment to the organisers if the abiding memory of 2008 was the smog.

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