POSTED: December 7th 2015
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Olympics: 2022 host city Beijing gets first smog red alert with FIS skiing event looming

The famous Bird's Nest stadium that hosted the 2008 Games and will again be a focal point for the 2022 Olympics is shrouded in smog and fog / Xinhua
The famous Bird's Nest stadium that hosted the 2008 Games and will again be a focal point for the 2022 Olympics is shrouded in smog and fog / Xinhua

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Host city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Beijing received its first red alert for intense smog urging schools to close and restricting factory work and traffic in an effort to keep half the city's vehicles off the roads.

The international ski federation (FIS) is set to hold an alpine skiing event December 8-11 at the Genting Resort Secret Garden featuring slalom and giant slalom competitions. This same resort will host the Olympic Winter skiing events.

Associated Press reports that an online notice from the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau predicted three days of "severe smog" and they issued the alert to protect public health and to reduce the levels.

Most of the pollution is attributed to coal-fired power plants, vehicle emissions, construction and factory work.

According to the Air Quality and Pollution Measurement, Beijing late Monday evening has a 201 grade which is listed as very unhealthy and issues health warnings for emergency conditions and that the entire population is more likely to be affected.

Other areas that will stage the 2022 Games are mountain areas Zhangjiakou which is registering a lower 186 and Yanqing which tops Beijing with an even higher 234 grade. 

The air quality forecast is expected to remain this high for the next few days through Thursday where it is estimated to go back down.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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