The air pollution in Beijing is so bad that some 2008 Olympic events may have to be postponed. IOC president Jacques Rogge is worried about participants in endurance events like cycling because air quality remains dismal despite government efforts, such as shutting down factories, to improve it. Construction for the Games has actually made the problem worse, the BBC reports.
Chinese organizers say it may not be possible to postpone events, because schedules have already been decided, but they vowed to work harder in response to Rogge's remarks. He expressed his concerns in his strongest statement yet at an event today marking the start of the 1-year countdown to the opening ceremonies. (Read more smog stories.)