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Jakarta’s air still unfit for athletes

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 3 2017   /  12:09 am
Work progress: An aerial view of the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Jakarta, shows off renovation work in the area. The sports complex will host next year’s Asian Games.(Courtesy of Media & PR Inasgoc/Ardy)(Courtesy of Media & PR Inasgoc/Ardy)

Work progress: An aerial view of the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Jakarta, shows off renovation work in the area. The sports complex will host next year’s Asian Games.(Courtesy of Media & PR Inasgoc/Ardy)In less than a year, Jakarta will host the Asian Games, but amid its preparations, the world’s third-most polluted city has yet to do anything to improve its air quality.

Athletes can only perform at their best when they compete in good-level air quality, which is indicated by a global air pollution index of 0 to 50.

Most of the time, Jakarta’s air quality is within the 51 to 100, or modest, range, which may cause breathing discomfort for sensitive people, according to the Committee for the Phasing Out of Leaded Fuel (KPBB).

“If next year the athletes have to compete in these circumstances [poor air quality], it will be a big problem,” said KP...