Sunday, December 3, 2017

colonial throwbacks

What I want to know is, if, as India suggested, the Sri Lankan cricket team was made up of a bunch of sissies who faked their reactions to Delhi's toxic smog, did this mean that the Sri Lankans had practiced up on vomiting prior to the game?
A cricket Test match between India and Sri Lanka was repeatedly interrupted on Sunday with claims players were “continuously vomiting” due to hazardous pollution levels in the Indian capital....
Airborne pollution levels 15 times the World Health Organisation limits confronted players on the second day of the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Sunday....
The interruptions drew boos from the crowd for Sri Lanka’s opening batsmen as they made their way to the crease, where they played without masks.
The acting president of India’s cricket board was also unimpressed and said he would write to his Sri Lankan counterpart about the incident.
“If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why the Sri Lankan team made a big fuss?” CK Khanna said....
The extremely poor air in the city is the result of a combination of road dust, open fires, vehicle exhaust fumes, industrial emissions and the burning of crop residues in neighbouring states. Indian weather agencies also blame dust storms that originate in the Gulf....


  1. I think it's like anything else, drinking for example. If you drink every day you get used to it and don't suffer hangovers the way you would if you rarely drink a similar quantity. An athlete trained in Florida might have trouble with the altitude of playing in Mexico City. An eskimo might have discomfort in the Sahara.

  2. Tend to agree with olcharlie; the locals have come to tolerate the serious pollution. But being able to function when the pollution is 15x the WHO level of safe is nothing to be proud about.

    That games need to be called on account of pollution might motivate India to get pollution under control.