Gebrselassie could give ‘polluted’ Olympics the miss
PARIS: Haile Gebrselassie could withdraw from the marathon at this year’s Beijing Olympics because of fears the air pollution could bring an early end to his career, according to his manager.
Gebrselassie is the marathon world record holder, having moved up to the distance in 2004 following his fifth place in the 10,000m at the Athens Olympics.
However the four-time world champion is known to suffer allergies to pollen.
Breathing problems were cited when Gebrselassie pulled out of last year’s London Marathon, in which he finished third in 2002 and ninth in 2006.
And the humid climate of Beijing during August, along with concerns over pollution, are giving him some food for thought, according to his manager Jos Hermens.
“He is definitely very worried about climate and pollution. He has some problems with his lungs and he is 34,” said Hermens. – AFP.