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Cancel Delhi Half Marathon due to polluted air: HCFI

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Doctors have called for cancelling and postponing of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon which is to be held on October 21, 2018. This is due to the poor air quality in the national capital that may pose serious health hazard to the runners.

A letter sent by the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal states that the air in Delhi-NCR has been “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” with the air quality index hovering in the “poor” to “very poor” range.

“In light of this, HCFI has called for the immediate postponement of the Delhi Half Marathon to a later date, when the air quality is better,” stated the letter sent by HCFI President Dr KK Aggarwal and HCFI Legal Advisor, Ira Gupta.

The letter notes that the Delhi Half Marathon is scheduled to start at 5.30 am on October 21, 2018, and this is the time of the day when pollution levels are likely to be extremely high with poor air quality.

The letter says that poor air quality can aggravate asthma or other existing lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). High PM2.5 levels can increase the blood pressure and can also increase the risk of acute cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.

Patients with existing heart diseases are at a risk of sudden cardiac death. Air pollution will not only affect the performance of the runner, but may have adverse health consequences, even for the healthy participants, organizers, and volunteers.

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