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IMA asks BCCI to consider pollution levels before deciding match venue

If the air quality index (AQI) is between 151 and 200, it is recommended that outdoor exercises should be reduced.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal wears anti-pollution mask on the field, as the air quality deteriorates during the second day of their third test cricket match against India in New Delhi File Photo PTI
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal wears anti-pollution mask on the field, as the air quality deteriorates during the second day of their third test cricket match against India in New Delhi File Photo PTI

The Indian Medical Association has told the Board of Control for in that it was greatly troubled over the Test match between and Sri Lanka being played in Delhi amid high pollution levels.

In a letter to acting president C K Khanna and head of the committee of administrators Vinod Rai, president Dr K K Agarwal said the message that has gone home from the and Sri Lanka match is that it is safe for children to play even when PM 2.5 levels are more than 300.


The five-day match, in which Sri Lankan players were seen wearing masks on the field, ended yesterday.

"Rain and poor light are taken into consideration when determining suitable playing conditions, we suggest that atmospheric pollution should now also be included in the assessing criteria for a match," the letter said.

Agarwal said impacts on the performance of the athletes. In a situation where milliseconds and millimetres often determine success, can be an important factor in affecting their performance, he wrote.

He quoted from medical literature and journals and said poor air quality in the country's capital may increase the risk of lung and heart disease and precipitate an acute potentially life-threatening event.

The safe levels of atmospheric particulate matter (PM), according to World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines, are 20 g/cu mm (annual mean) for PM10 and 10 g/ cu mm (annual mean) for PM2.5.

If the air quality index (AQI) is between 151 and 200, it is recommended that outdoor exercises should be reduced.

First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 12:25 IST
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