Haile Gebrselassie a 34 years old Ethiopian runner, the guy that managed to break over 25 world records and won numerous Olympic and World Championship titles, has recently declined going to the Beijing Olympics because of air pollution.
The marathon champ who suffers from asthma told Reuters in a phone interview:
“The pollution in China is a threat to my health and it would be difficult for me to run 42 kilometers in my current condition.”
He will race on track though, probably in the 10,000 meter race.
Though Beijing has 17 million residents, 3 million cars and sandstorms from time to time the authorities said they’re are taking all the measures to ensure a cleaner air by the time the Summer Olympics start. I sure hope they get it done because I’d enjoy a good run.