IMA’s call to cancel half marathon short-sighted, says promoter

Lists safety measures being taken to mitigate any dangers

November 04, 2017 11:11 pm | Updated 11:11 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Following a call by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to immediately cancel the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM), to be held on November 19, in view of the high levels of air pollution in the Capital, a statement issued by Procam International (race promoters of ADHM) noted that the demand was “short-sighted and misplaced”.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Capital has ranged from ‘very unhealthy’ to ‘hazardous’ since the last few days with the AQI crossing the 300 ‘danger’ mark at many places.

The statements issued by the group on Saturday noted: “The race day keeps cars off the designated 21 km of the city. Salt mixed with effluent-treated water is used to wash the course which ensures that dust pollution is negated making the race a far more conducive environment for running.”

‘Record entries’

They added that the ADHM has had a record number of entries this year. The best runners from India and abroad are competing here. They are aware of the situation and are still looking forward to being in Delhi.

A race advisory from medical director Dr. Kishlay Datta of Max Hospitals stated, “For the 2017 edition of the event, we recommend runners, especially those who have a history of respiratory illnesses (like asthma, COPD), to consult their doctors and make an informed decision before running.”

“For runners who have been in training, you would be far better equipped to deal with the situation. However, we would recommend if you are experiencing any deviations, please consult the medical personnel on-site,’’ he noted.

Meanwhile, for the benefit of the runners, six medical stations are deployed across the course and seven ambulances are located at various junctions.

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