Written by Robert W. Armijo
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Topics: Olympics, China, Science, smog

Saturday, 27 October 2007

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Olympic delegation investigating air quality gets lost in "smogbank" in capital city of Beijing

Beijing, China - Shortly upon their arrival at the Beijing International Airport, the visiting Olympic delegation sent to investigate air quality, addressing air pollutant contamination concerns in the capital city, host to the 2008 Olympic games, disappeared into a bank of smog immediately after they disembarked from their airplane. Embarrassed Beijing government officials sent to greet the Olympic delegation spent several hours thereafter on the tarmac searching for the lost delegates instead.

Chinese officials, however, did eventually recover the Olympic delegates, though some were discovered unconscious, suffering severe upper respiratory blockages, while others that managed to find their way the airport terminal were found blindly walking about in a delusional trance.

"They even had…to order…air traffic…con…troll…ers…to re…direct…flights," said Rodger Hamilton, a member of the Olympic delegation from his Beijing hospital bed, speaking beneath his oxygen mask. "For…the…dur…ation…of th…e…search …to [find us]."

In light of the delegation's findings, however, Olympic officials announced they are considering rescheduling only some of the more physically demanding events. And only if air quality conditions do not improve by next year's scheduled 2008 Olympics games starting date in the smog stricken capital city.

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