Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

Sri Lanka and India play their third and final Test which ended on Wednesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

A day before yesterday, Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas had complained about several Lankan players vomiting and feeling sick due to the poor air quality."We had players coming off the field and vomiting", he told reporters after the match.

"This match should not have taken place in the first place. It takes a serious toll on your health in the long run", he said.

The spurt in pollutants was caused by a combination of meteorological factors including a drop in temperature, wind speed and mixing height, a layer where air and particulates float, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

But the U.S. embassy website on Monday urged Delhi residents to "avoid all outdoor exertion" as concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants known as PM2.5 soared to hazardous levels.

Under Tharanga's watch, Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 at home by India and 5-0 away by Pakistan before the team was beaten 5-0 in South Africa as well.

The concentration of such particles Monday hit 448 - compared to a maximum level of 25 considered safe by the World Health Organization over a 24-hour period.

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"My eyes are burning; my throat is dry". PM2.5 and PM10, reached levels as high as 276 and 455 micrograms per cubic metre by 3 p.m., according to the Central Control Room for Air Quality Management of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Last month, days after schools were closed amid a public health emergency, around 35,000 runners participated in the city's half marathon.

According to the Hindustan Times, doctors launched a legal challenge in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the race from going ahead.

It also proceeded but schedule was adjusted to avoid Delhi at its worst. Pollution levels in Delhi usually remain in the "very poor" category during December.

"Pollution is an aspect that we seriously need to think about".

The tribunal also condemned the Delhi government for not filing any action plan to curb air pollution in the National Capital.

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