Olympic qualifying race walk event to kick off athletics season in February – other sports

India’s athletics season is about to start subsequent month with the National Open Race Walking Championship, which will even function an Olympic qualifying event, the nationwide federation introduced on Wednesday. Some worldwide athletes will compete in the 2-day championship, starting February 13. The competitors shall be held in males’s 50km, males’s and girls’s 20km, apart from the boys’s and girls’s U-20 10km occasions below strict COVID-19 protocols.

The males’s and girls’s 20km and males’s 50km are Olympic occasions. KT Irfan and Bhawana Jat have already certified for the Tokyo Olympics in males’s and girls’s 20km occasions respectively.

“The 8th Edition of National Open/4th International Race Walking Championships will be held at Ranchi (Jharkhand) on 13th & 14th February 2021. It will be a qualifying Event for Olympic Games,” the Athletics Federation of India stated.

“Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) prepared by AFI and other guidelines issued by the concerned State Government in connection with COVID–19 pandemic are strictly followed to ensure that the competition is conducted smoothly,” AFI Secretary Ravinder Chaudhry stated in the assertion.

The AFI stated boarding and lodging services of athletes/managers/coaches won’t be offered by the organisers due to COVID–19 pandemic and they’re going to have to make their very own preparations. The complete of the athletics calendar was worn out final 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Start of Australian Open confirmed for February 8 – tennis

The Australian Open will begin on Feb. 8, three weeks later than scheduled, organisers confirmed on Saturday after months of hypothesis over the primary Grand Slam of 2021. The begin date of the principle draw of the match was initially slated for Jan. 18 and organisers have been locked in drawn-out negotiations with native authorities over COVID-19 well being safety measures.

“This will be an historic Australian Open on so many levels,” match director (*8*) Tiley stated in an announcement.

“For the first time in more than 100 years the Australian Open will start in February and we look forward to offering the players what we believe will be one of their best playing experiences in 2021.”

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Delhi records worst air quality since February; wind direction shift may bring relief – environment

Delhi recorded its worst air quality since February on Monday because the focus of effective particulate issues PM2.5 and PM10 elevated to their highest recorded ranges this season.

However, the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, stated the air quality index (AQI) was probably to enhance barely within the coming days attributable to a change within the wind direction.

The metropolis recorded a 24-hour common AQI of 261. It was 216 on Sunday and 221 on Saturday.

The AQI hit the “very poor” ranges at Delhi Technological University (307), ITO (315), Patparganj (307), Ashok Vihar (302), Jahangirpuri (320), Vivek Vihar (351), Wazirpur (306), Bawana (310) and Anand Vihar (312).

The final time Delhi’s air quality hit such poor ranges was on February 26 (AQI 274).

An AQI between 0 and 50 is taken into account ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

A senior scientist on the Delhi Pollution Control Committee stated the dip within the air quality will be attributed to low wind pace which allowed accumulation of pollution.

“Stubble burning has also increased in neighbouring states. A change in wind direction is likely to improve AQI slightly on Tuesday,” he stated.

PM10 ranges in Delhi-NCR stood at 258 microgram per cubic metre (µg/m3) at 7 pm — the very best this season thus far, in line with CPCB information. PM10 ranges beneath 100 µg/m3 are thought of secure in India.

PM10 is particulate matter with a diameter of 10 micrometers and is inhalable into the lungs. These particles embrace mud, pollen and mould spores. 

The ranges of PM2.5 – finer particles which might even enter the bloodstream – had been 119 µg/m3. PM2.5 ranges as much as 60 µg/m3 are thought of secure.

Delhi’s air quality had turned poor on Wednesday, the primary time in since June 29, with the Central Pollution Control Board recording a 24-hour common AQI of 215.

SAFAR stated the AQI is predicted to enhance barely – to the average class — by Wednesday.

As many as 614 farm fires had been noticed in Punjab, Haryana and neighbouring border areas on Sunday however “the count is nearly one eight the peak values recorded in the last two years”, it stated.

Farm fires contributed 3 p.c particulate matter to Delhi’s PM2.5 focus on Monday. It is more likely to be “negligible” for the subsequent two days attributable to a change within the wind direction from northwesterly to southeasterly, the federal government company stated.

On Monday, Delhi’s minimal temperature settled at 19.4 levels Celsius. The most wind pace was 4 kilometers per hour.

Low temperatures and stagnant winds assist in accumulation of pollution close to the bottom, affecting air quality.

With Delhi-NCR bracing for months of poor air quality, consultants have warned that prime ranges of air air pollution can worsen the Covid-19 pandemic.

High ranges of air air pollution in Delhi is a yr-spherical drawback, which will be attributed to unfavourable meteorological circumstances, farm fires in neighbouring areas and native sources of air pollution.

According to an evaluation by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, a Delhi-based assume tank, transportation contributes essentially the most — 18 to 39 p.c — to Delhi’s air air pollution.

Road mud is the second largest supply of air air pollution within the metropolis (18 to 38 p.c), adopted by industries (2 to 29 p.c), thermal energy vegetation (3 to 11 p.c) and building (8 p.c).

This yr, the Delhi authorities has launched a large anti-air air pollution marketing campaign — “Yuddh Pradushan Ke Viruddh’ — which is being led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Environment Minister Gopal Rai.

A “green war room” with a ten-member knowledgeable group has been arrange on the Delhi Secretariat to observe the steps being taken to cope with excessive ranges of air air pollution in winters.

The environment division has additionally taken stern motion towards undertaking proponents at massive building and demolition websites flouting mud management norms.

The authorities may also begin the spraying of “Pusa bio-decomposer” answer in non-basmati rice fields within the nationwide capital, beginning Tuesday.

The answer, consultants say, can flip the stubble into manure in 15 to twenty days and subsequently, can forestall stubble burning.’  Starting October 15, stricter measures to struggle air air pollution may also come into pressure in Delhi and its neighbourhood as a part of the Graded Response Action Plan, which was first applied in Delhi-NCR in 2017.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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