Concerns about the air quality in the 2008 Olympics in the host Chinese cities have been brought up by the international community. Athletes, such as long-distance running world record holder Haile Gerbselassie and defending Olympic tennis champion Justine Henin, have also expressed their concerns about the possible effects of the air pollution in the Chinese Olympic cities on their health and their careers.
The Beijing EPB has recently finalized the Olympic Air Quality Monitoring, Forecasting and Assessment arrangements for the Olympics. Activities have been divided into 10 separate task groups which will be headed by leading academic institutions in the field of air quality monitoring and management in China such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, China Academy of Science. The National Environmental Monitoring Center will also play a key role.
The Chinese government has embarked in numerous efforts to reduce the levels of air pollution in the Olympic host cities to be able to protect the health of the athletes and the attending public as well. Measures and controls have been put in place to be able to lower air pollution from significant sources such as transportation, industrial and coal-burning activities.
To view the different actions towards air quality improvement being done in the different Olympic cites, please click on the links below: