August 7, 2008 / 6:59 AM / 9 years ago

Beijing belatedly working on plans to halt heatstroke

BEIJING (Reuters) - Better late than never, Beijing organizers are working on a plan to prevent heatstroke at the Olympics among spectators, athletes and staff.

Seven years after China won the battle to host the games, it put out a statement declaring: “The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau has ascertained that the Olympic Games will be held during the hottest part of the year in Beijing.”

So, with just one day to go before the opening ceremony in hot, hazy and humid Beijing, it said the Health Bureau is “now working with the Meteorological Bureau and the Environmental Protection Bureau to form an Olympic Health Experts Commission.”

Reporting by Paul Majendie; editing by Miles Evans

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