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Pollution affects athletes: PT Usha

Delhi: India’s legendary sprinter expressed her dissatisfaction on Delhi hosting the Federation Cup National Athletics Championship. She also added that dust and pollution in NCR might affect the performance of the participants.

She also said “Delhi is too dusty and pollution level is high. Tintu Luka (her Rio Olympics bound 800m runner) had to cover heads and faces while doing practice and warm up at the tracks (at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium). The meet could have been held at another venue. How will the athletes get enough oxygen in this situation? It will have impact on their performance.

It is very hot here and then there is this dust, it is not conducive for good performance. The athletes would have done even better without these dust and pollution.”