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With just hours to go before the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the city remains blanketed in thick grey smog – despite desperate Chinese efforts to get rid of the pollution.


A murky haze is hanging over the main Olympic venues, and combined with high humidity and temperatures of 34 degrees Centigrade (95 Fahrenheit), looks set to create challenging conditions for competitors.

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Authorities have already removed one million of the city's 3.3 million cars from the roads and shut down more than 100 polluting factories and building sites in an attempt to clear the smog.

But organisers say emergency plans to invoke more stringent measures will not be activated ahead of the Games' first day.

“The conditions are not unfavourable at the moment and my understanding is that we are not going to be taking any extra measures,” said Beijing Olympic organising committee (BOCOG) spokesman Sun Weide.

Anti-pollution masks

Some of the 10,000 elite athletes visiting Beijing have expressed serious concerns about the conditions.

“The conditions are really tough with the pollution and it's really hot,” said Spanish tennis player Fernando Gonzalez.. “We don't have too many days to adapt so I hope to be much better than today.”

Four American cyclists provoked a storm of controversy by arriving in the city wearing anti-pollution masks. They later apologised.

“It probably wasn't the most opportune time for these athletes to wear these masks,” said US Olympic Committee chief executive Jim Scherr.

“They have the right to wear masks if they feel it's in their best interest to do so,” he said. “Hopefully they won't have to use them and the air quality will be good.”

Poor air quality fears

Figures from China's official Environmental Monitoring Centre deemed the air quality to be level two or “fairly good” on Wednesday.

But environmental groups say China's air quality standards do not address several key factors including levels of ozone, which can be particularly harmful.

IOC chief Jacques Rogge warned last year that poor air quality during the Games could result in the suspension of some events, particularly endurance races such as the marathon.

Ethiopian world record holder Haile Gebrselassie withdrew from the marathon because he feared the pollution could damage his health, although he will run the 10,000m.

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